New FamilySearch Database Collections Update for November 9, 2015

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Ecuador Catholic Church Records 1565-2011, United Kingdom World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records 1917- 1920, Spain Province of Barcelona Municipal Records 1387-1986, Italy Forlì-Cesena Forlì Civil Registration (State Archive) 1800-1815 1866-1930, and Philippines Manila Civil Registration 1899-1984 have large additions this week. To browse these collections and more, follow the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Brazil Santa Catarina Catholic Church Records 1714-1977 – 95,057 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Delaware Vital Records 1650-1974 – 0 – 7,214 – Added images to an existing collection
Ecuador Catholic Church Records 1565-2011 – 252,478 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Germany Prussia Westphalia Minden Miscellaneous Collections from the Municipal Archives 1574-1902 – 36,352 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Iowa County Death Records 1880-1992 – 39,508 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Forlì-Cesena Forlì Civil Registration (State Archive) 1800-1815 1866-1930 – 0 – 2,090,185 – New browsable image collection.
Italy Imperia Ventimiglia Civil Registration (State Archive) 1806-1913 – 0 – 20,576 – New browsable image collection.
New Zealand Auckland Albertland Index 1862-1962 – 10,779 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New Zealand Auckland Port Albert Membership Lists and Minutes from the Church of Christ 1875-1926 – 0 – 108 – New browsable image collection.
Nova Scotia Delayed Births 1837-1904 – 72,693 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Puno Civil Registration 1890-2005 – 25,353 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Philippines Civil Registration (Archives Division) 1902-1945 – 0 – 185 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Manila Civil Registration 1899-1984 – 1,813,161 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Spain Province of Barcelona Municipal Records 1387-1986 – 0 – 104,684 – Added images to an existing collection
United Kingdom World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records 1917-1920 – 155,933 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Washington Seattle Passenger and Crew Lists of Airplanes 1947-1954 – 44,407 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Help Us Publish More Free Records Online
Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

About FamilySearch International
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 4,883 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

New FamilySearch Collections Posted the Week of July 13, 2015

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Family historians hungry for historic Irish records will enjoy FamilySearch’s new collection, Ireland Petty Sessions Court Registers 1828-1912. These indexed court documents bring 22 million records to your fingertips. These records were originally filmed at the National Archives of Ireland and the index was created by findmypast.com. See the table below for additions to over 60 historical record collections, including 46 million US obituaries. Click on the collection’s link to start your discovery.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Australia New South Wales Census (fragment) 1891 – 0 – 21,315 – Added images to an existing collection
Belgium Antwerp Civil Registration 1588-1910 – 0 – 1,670 – Added images to an existing collection
Brazil Pernambuco Civil Registration 1804-2014 – 0 – 164,642 – Added images to an existing collection
Brazil São Paulo Immigration Cards 1902-1980 – 1,642,660 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
France Finistère Quimper et Léon Diocese Catholic Parish Records 1772-1863 – 970 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Germany Saxony Dresden Citizens’ Documents and Business Licenses 1820- 1962 – 0 – 855,956 – Added images to an existing collection
India Bihar Koilukh Pandit Kirtinand Jha Maithil Brahmin Genealogical Records 1750-1990 – 0 – 175,363 – Added images to an existing collection
India Hindu Pilgrimage Records 1194-2015 – 2,782,487 – 2,843,557 – New indexed records and images collection
Ireland Petty Sessions Court Registers 1828-1912 – 21,833,839 – 0 – New indexed record collection
Italy Caltanissetta Civil Registration (State Archive) 1820-1935 – 0 – 318 – Added images to an existing collection
Italy Cremona Civil Registration (State Archive) 1744-1942 – 0 – 1,325,362 – New browsable-image collection.
Italy Grosseto Civil Registration (State Archive) 1851-1907 – 0 – 393,814 – New browsable-image collection.
Italy L’Aquila Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865 1911-1943 – 0 – 111,837 – Added images to an existing collection
Italy Pesaro e Urbino Pesaro Civil Registration (State Archive) 1808-1813 1861- 1865 – 0 – 75,456 – New browsable-image collection.
Italy Pesaro e Urbino Urbino Civil Registration (State Archive) 1866-1942 – 0 – 709,381 – New browsable-image collection.
Italy Ragusa Civil Registration (State Archive) 1900-1940 – 0 – 111,281 – New browsable-image collection.
Italy Toscana Civil Registration (State Archive) 1804-1874 – 0 – 80,833 – Added images to an existing collection
Mexico Baja California and Baja California Sur Catholic Church Records 1750-1984 – 0 – 363 – Added images to an existing collection
Mexico Chihuahua Catholic Church Records 1632-1958 – 0 – 195 – New browsable-image collection.
Mexico Guanajuato Catholic Church Records 1519-1984 – 0 – 1,077 – Added images to an existing collection
Mexico Hidalgo Catholic Church Records 1546-1971 – 0 – 574 – Added images to an existing collection
Mexico Michoacán Catholic Church Records 1555-1996 – 0 – 2,758 – Added images to an existing collection
Mexico Tamaulipas Catholic Church Records 1703-1964 – 0 – 1,294 – Added images to an existing collection
Peru Callao Civil Registration 1874-1996 – 0 – 42,583 – Added images to an existing collection
Perú Lima Civil Registration 1874-1996 – 0 – 111,769 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Negros Occidental Roman Catholic Diocese of Bacolod Parish Registers 1755-1976 – 0 – 95,820 – New browsable-image collection.
Spain Province of Valencia Miscellaneous Records 1251-1950 – 0 – 850,597 – Added images to an existing collection
Sweden Halland Church Records 1615-1904; index 1615-1860 – 0 – 972 – Added images to an existing collection

Canada: Newfoundland Vital Records 1840-1949 – 347,134 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Canada: Nova Scotia Births 1864-1877 – 0 – 6,103 – Added images to an existing collection
Canada: Nova Scotia Deaths 1864-1877 – 0 – 20,661 – Added images to an existing collection
Canada: Nova Scotia Marriages 1864-1918 – 0 – 15,831 – Added images to an existing collection

BillionGraves Index – 1,513,553 – 1,513,553 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

United States Records

United States Census 1790 – 1,606 – 62 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
United States Census 1800 – 20 – 18,454 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
United States Freedmen’s Bureau Hospital and Medical Records 1865-1872 – 4,641 – 44,734 – New Indexed records and images collection
United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014 – 46,769,836 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Index to Service Records War with Spain 1898 – 123,334 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
California Death Index 1905-1939 – 2,086,638 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Delaware Vital Records 1680-1971 – 624,395 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
District of Columbia Marriages 1811-1950 – 83,822 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Illinois County Marriages 1810-1934 – 504,033 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Iowa State Census 1915 – 0 – 9,802 – Added images to an existing collection
Iowa State Census 1925 – 5,573,816 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Kentucky Vital Record Indexes 1911-1999 – 9,865,944 – 0 – New indexed record collection
Louisiana First Registration Draft Cards compiled 1940-1945 – 39,967 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Massachusetts Boston Passenger Lists Index 1899-1940 – 1,577,127 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Massachusetts Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1627-2001 – 0 – 182 – Added images to an existing collection
Michigan Births 1867-1902 – 0 – 1,428 – Added images to an existing collection
Michigan Obituaries 1820-2006 – 1,389,458 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
North Carolina Probate Records 1735-1970 – 0 – 1,952 – Added images to an existing collection
South Dakota School Records 1879-1970 – 2,807,212 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950 – 3,024,053 – 1,831,660 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database 1847-1868 – 58,333 – 0 – New indexed record collection
Utah Uintah County Discharge Records 1893-2009 – 0 – 2,362 – New browsable-image collection.
Utah Uintah County Land and Property Records 1888-2004 – 0 – 195,963 – New browsable-image collection.
Utah Uintah County Marriage Records 1888-2015 – 0 – 8,687 – New browsable-image collection.
Utah Uintah County Naturalization and Citizenship Records 1888-1929 – 0 – 409 – New browsable-image collection.
Vermont St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings 1895-1924 – 6,696,703 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Vermont Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1732-2005 – 0 – 458,533 – Added images to an existing collection

Help Publish More Free Records Online
Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

About FamilySearch International
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.

FamilySearch Adds Over 5.8 Million Indexed Records & Images for Australia, Canada, Hungary, Russia, South Africa, & the USA

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FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 5.8 million indexed records and images for Australia, Canada, Hungary, Russia, South Africa, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 2,435,483 indexed records from the Canada Census, 1911 collection; 2,069,202 indexed records from the Australia, Queensland Cemetery Records, 1802–1990 collection; and 310,900 images from the Russia, Tula Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1758–1895 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

Australia, Queensland Cemetery Records, 1802–1990 – 2,069,202 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Canada Census, 1911 – 2,435,483 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Canada, Newfoundland Census, 1921 – 218,865 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Canada, Nova Scotia Marriages, 1907–1932 – 66,106 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Canada, Prince Edward Island Marriage Registers, 1832–1888 – 20,262 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Hungary, Civil Registration, 1801–1980 – 170,900 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Russia, Tula Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1758–1895 – 0 – 310,900 -Added images to an existing collection.

South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1848–1956 – 0 – 30,830 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, California, San Diego, Airplane Passenger and Crew Lists, 1929–1954 – 0 – 17,333 – New browsable image collection.

US, California, San Diego, Chinese Passenger and Crew Lists, 1905–1923 – 0 – 648 -Added images to an existing collection.

US, California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893–1953 – 225,314 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Florida, Key West Passenger Lists, 1898–1945 – 7,931 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Maine, Vital Records, 1670–1907 – 0 – 4,826 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Minnesota, Baudette, Warroad, and International Falls Passenger Lists, 1910–1923 – 0 – 1,900 – New browsable image collection.

US, Montana, Beaverhead County Records, 1862–2009 – 551 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, New York, New York, Soundex to Passenger and Crew Lists, 1887–1921 – 0 – 5,799 – New browsable image collection.

US, North Dakota, Manifests of Immigrant Arrivals, 1910–1952 – 0 – 11,627 – New browsable image collection.

US, Ohio, County Marriages, 1789–2013 – 0 – 103,303 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, South Carolina, Confederate Home Records, 1909–1958 – 0 – 6,147 – New browsable image collection.

United States, Records of the Superintendent of Education and of the Division of Education, 1864–1879 – 0 – 162,191 – New browsable image collection.

FamilySearch Adds Over 3.7 Million Indexed Records & Images to Australia, Canada, Isle of Man, South Africa, & the USA

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FamilySearch adds more than 3.7 million indexed records and images to Australia, Canada, Isle of Man, South Africa, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,395,009 images from the Canada, Nova Scotia Probate Records, 1760–1993 collection; the 396,405 images and 396,405 indexed records from the US, BillionGraves Index collection; and the 389,387 indexed records from the South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801–2004 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

Australia, New South Wales, Census (fragment), 1841 – 1,385 – 2,249 – New browsable image collection.

Canada, Nova Scotia Probate Records, 1760–1993 – 0 – 1,395,009 – New browsable image collection.

Isle of Man, Isle of Man Parish Registers, 1598–2009 – 0 – 44,050 – Added images to an existing collection.

South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801–2004 – 389,387 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, BillionGraves Index – 396,405 – 396,405 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records, 1899–2011 – 0 – 91 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Idaho, Lincoln County Records, 1886–1972 – 0 – 1,232 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Kentucky Death Records, 1911–1961 – 173,963 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Louisiana, Orleans Court Records, 1822–1880 – 0 – 7,376 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Louisiana, Orleans Parish Will Books, 1805–1920 – 0 – 1,829 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Louisiana, State Penitentiary Records, 1866–1963 – 0 – 78 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Maryland, Register of Wills Records, 1629–1999 – 0 – 17,565 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, New Hampshire, Cheshire County, Probate Estate Files, 1886–1900 – 0 – 3,926 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Ohio, Crawford County Church Records, 1853–2007 – 0 – 695 – New browsable image collection.

US, Ohio, Cuyahoga County Probate Files, 1813–1932 – 0 – 152,511 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Ohio, Licking County, Hartford Township Records, 1881–1962 – 0 – 989 – New browsable image collection.

US, Ohio, Northern District, Eastern Division, Naturalization Index, 1855–1967 – 0 – 196,148 – New browsable image collection.

US, Tennessee, Cocke County Records, 1860–1930 – 0 – 3,659 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Utah, Cache County Records, 1861–1955 – 0 – 3,045 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Virginia, African-American Funeral Programs, 1920–2009 – 328,371 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Virginia, Isle of Wight County Records, 1634–1951 – 0 – 115 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Washington, County Marriages, 1855–2008 – 0 – 202,454 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Washington, Pierce County Marriage Returns, 1891–1950 – 0 – 732 – Added images to an existing collection.

Online Historic Digitized Canadian Newspapers

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Bowling Green State University has links to digitized Canadian newspapers that are freely available on the Internet. The site is broken down into eleven tabs covering the twelve Canadian provinces.

They are:

Many Thanks to Cyndi Howells for posting these at Cyndislist.com and bringing them to my attention.

Finding Your Acadian Ancestry

The following excerpt is from an excellent article by Roxanne Moore Saucier on doing Acadian research. The article is written for readers of the Bangor (Maine) Daily News, and refers to resources available in that area, as well as online resources.

If you have Acadian forebears, you will want to know the name Stephen A. White, widely respected for his two-volume “Dictionnaire Genealogique des Familles Acadiennes,” published in 1999 as a project of the University of Moncton’s Centre d’Etudes Acadienne, or Center for Acadian Studies. The resource covers 1636-1714.

My husband’s Theriault ancestors are outlined in a 22-page section on the family of Jean Theriot and wife Perrine Rau. White carries the family through the children and grandchildren of the emigrant ancestors, including excellent source information and historical notes. The books are in French, but I found that I could follow a good bit of the genealogy with my high school French from the late 1960s. In addition, the setup of the genealogies makes it clear who the parents and the children are.

When it comes to White’s notes about various family members, I did consult my husband, a lifelong French speaker, when it came to phrases I didn’t recognize.

(You may have the surname White stored in your head with those of the Pilgrims who came over on the Mayflower. Right you are, but there also are numerous White descendants whose ancestors were originally Leblanc, French for White.)

Read the full article in the March 10, 2013 edition of the Bangor Daily News.

New Records Added at FamilySearch for Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, & the U.S.A.

FamilySearch added an additional 16.3 million new, free indexed records and images this week to its collection. Notable additions include the 1,984,100 records for the United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards from 1917-1918, the 2,056,187 added to U.S., California, Probate Estate Files from 1833-1991, and the 1,610,053 added to the new British Columbia, Canada, collections. Other new searchable collections online were added this week for Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, and the United States. 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

Australia, Tasmania, Miscellaneous Records, 1829-1961 – 0 – 11,530 – New browsable image collection.
Brazil, Civil Registration, 1870-2012 – 0 – 64,710 – New browsable image collection.
Brazil, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965 – 84,787 – 79,060 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1890-2012 – 0 – 25,430 – Added images to an existing collection.
Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2012 – 0 – 5,486 – New browsable image collection.
Canada, British Columbia, Crown Land Grants, 1869-1930 – 0 – 540,745 – New browsable image collection.
Canada, British Columbia, Dominion Land Branch Records, 1885-1949 – 0 – 286,132 – New browsable image collection.
Canada, British Columbia, Estate Files, 1859-1949 – 0 – 783,176 – Added images to an existing collection.
Canada, Nova Scotia, Antigonish Catholic Diocese, 1823-1905 – 0 – 10,838 – Added images to an existing collection.
Canada, Ontario Births, 1869-1912 – 81,706 – 0 – New indexed record collection.
Chile, Santiago, Cementerio General, 1821-2011 – 0 – 157,478 – New browsable image collection.
Czech Republic, Land Records, 1450-1889 – 0 – 177,147 – New browsable image collection.
England, Northumberland, Miscellaneous Records, 1570-2005 – 0 – 5,243 – Added images to an existing collection.
Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records, 1544-1945 – 0 – 738 – Added images to an existing collection.
India, Hindu Pilgrimage Records, 1194-2012 – 0 – 17,819 – Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Pavia, Pavia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1806-1812, 1866-1935 – 0 – 306,382 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Perugia, Perugia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1861-1929 – 0 – 405,632 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Sondrio, Sondrio, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929 – 0 – 279,212 – Added images to an existing collection.
Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books, 1600-1950 – 0 – 6,949 Added images to an existing collection.
Portugal, Castelo Branco, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1911 – 0 – 21,869 – Added images to an existing collection.
Portugal, Coimbra, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911 – 0 – 38,836 – Added images to an existing collection.
South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951-2006 – 0 – 131,427 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Cádiz, Testaments, 1550-1920 – 0 – 15,752 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1583-1936 – 0 – 23,446 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784-1931 – 0 – 12,053 – New browsable image collection.
Spain, Province of Gerona, Municipal Records, 1566-1956 – 0 – 21,784 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Lérida, Municipal Records, 1319-1940 – 0 – 25,103 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Málaga, Municipal Records, 1842-1925 – 0 – 115,213 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Tarragona, Municipal Records, 1430-1916 – 0 – 7,688 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., California, Probate Estate Files, 1833-1991 – 0 – 2,056,187 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Idaho, Divorce Index, 1947-1961 – 38,625 – 0 – New indexed record collection.
U.S., Idaho, Lincoln County Records, 1886-1972 – 0 – 29,018 – New browsable image collection.
>U.S., Idaho, Marriage Index, 1947-1961
– 131,597 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959 – 101,709 – 228,433 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
U.S., Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935 – 1,316,956 – 0 – New indexed record collection.
Louisiana, Orleans Court Records, 1822-1880 – 0 – 12,970 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Louisiana, Orleans Parish Will Books, 1805-1920 – 0 – 17,971 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Louisiana, Orleans Parish Second District Judicial Court Case Files, 1846-1880 – 0 – 13,353 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Louisiana, Second Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1948-1959 – 243,676 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Maine, Death Index, 1960-1996 – 401,960 – 0 – New indexed record collection.
U.S., Maine, Marriage Index, 1892-1966, 1977-1996 – 857,131 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Maine, Oxford County, Probate Estate Files, 1805-1915 – 0 – 177,447 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Maine, State Archive Collections, 1790-1966 – 0 – 3,000 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1629-1983 – 0 – 51,425 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Massachusetts, State Vital Records, 1841-1920 – 0 – 17,531 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954 – 845,964 – 0 – New indexed record collection.
U.S., Montana, Beaverhead County Records, 1862-2009 – 0 – 71,761 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Montana, Granite County Records, 1865-2009 – 0 – 503,068 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Montana, Yellowstone County Records, 1881-2011 – 0 – 20,141 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., New Hampshire, County Probate Estate Files, 1769-1936 – 0 – 874,310 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., New Hampshire, County Probate Records, 1660-1983 – 0 – 524,272 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., New Jersey, Probate Records, 1678-1980 – 0 – 107,634 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787-1938 – 0 – 32,001 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1924 – 0 – 130,441 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Ohio, Jefferson County Court Records, 1797-1940 – 0 – 156,746 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Oregon, Marion County Records, 1849-1976– 0 – 406,225 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Ohio, Summit County, Coroner Inquests, Hospital and Cemetery Records, 1882-1947 – 0 – 669 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Tennessee, Putnam County Records, 1854-1955 – 0 – 121,173 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Texas, Deaths, 1977-1986 – 0 – 18,160 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Virginia, Isle of Wight County Records, 1647-1917 – 0 – 28,353 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Washington, County Probate Records, 1853-1929 – 0 – 108,658 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848-1935 – 0 – 30,110 – New browsable image collection.
United States, 1890 Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War – 897,849 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 – 1,984,100 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.

The above information was received from FamilySearch December 4, 2012.

Donated New Glasgow Funeral Home Records Fill in Gap of 31 Missing Years of Death Records

The following teaser is from the October 3, 2012 edition of ngnews.com:

NEW GLASGOW [Pictou County, Nova Scotia] – The brown and faded documents that lay on a table at the local library have caused a buzz of excitement in the Pictou County Roots Society, which hopes to fill in the gaps of Nova Scotia’s history with these funeral home records that date back to the 1800s. 
“These approximately 15 books and plans, they’re important because the death records that are on file with the government office and the records that you can get online for the death records, there’s a large gap of 31 years,” said society member and author of Pictou County history books Clyde Macdonald. “So between 1877 and 1908, those death records aren’t available.

These death records are indeed a major find and something that has excited all the members of the Pictou County Roots Society that have seen them and the library staff is just exhilarated over this donation.” 
Macdonald said the documents are the records of Ross’s Funeral Home on Donald Street in New Glasgow and contain death records, funeral arrangements and other documents from before 1880 to 1971.

Read the full article.

New & Updated USA & Canada Vital Records Databases at FamilySearch.org

The following U.S.A. and Canada vital-records oriented databases have been recently added or updated at FamilySearch.org.

We’ve also updated all of the GenealogyBlog Online Database Links Files.
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THE FOLLOWING DATABASES WERE POSTED OR UPDATED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG SINCE 24 JUNE 2012:

NEW DatabaseAlabama, County Probate Records, 1830-1976Imaged Records – Collection of probate records, including case files and other documents created by the probate courts of various Alabama counties. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. This collection covers probate records created 1800-1930, but the content and time period of the records will vary by county. Files from Madison and Talladega counties have not been indexed, but are arranged in alphabetical order by the deceased’s name. Additional records may be added to this collection – 25,297 Records – 1,950,136 images as of 26 June 2012.

NEW DatabaseMichigan, Probate Records, 1797-1973Imaged Records – Probate records from county courthouses in Michigan. Most of the collection contains estate files. The content and time period varies by county. Some of the records date before 1837 when Michigan became a state – 1,261,323 images as of 28 June 2012.

Updated BrowseTexas Death, 1890-1976 (New Images)Imaged Records – Images of Texas statewide death certificates, including delayed certificates and probate obituaries, from the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin – Digital images of originals housed at the State Registrar Office in Austin, Texas – 4,476,649 images as of 28 June 2012. This database includes an updated browse that makes it much easier to find records – which are broken down by Record Type (Death Certificates, Foreign Deaths, and Probate obitiuaries) year range, then certificate by month and county.

NEW DatabasePennsylvania, Probate Records 1683-1994 Imaged Records – This collection includes probate records created in Pennsylvania counties. The records include wills, estate records and indexes -The records are broken down by county, and then by record type. Although not indexed by record, the collection includes the images of many indexes. 3,197,552 images as of 27 June 2012.

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915Browsable Imaged Records & Searchable Records – This collection has several types of records: 1) Death certificate 2) Death register 3) Return of Death with a hospital certificate, physician’s certificate, and an undertaker’s certificate, and 4) Transit Permit with the permit to move a body and an undertaker’s certificate concerning the move. The records give the name of the deceased plus the date and place of death and/or burial. The records may also give the date and place of birth, names of parents and spouse, cause of death, and other information. – 2,442,468 records and 3,370,070 images as of 28 June 2012 – up 1,510,210 images since 22 March 2012.

United States Social Security Death Index – Name index to deaths recorded by the Social Security Administration beginning in 1962. Current as of May 31, 2012 – 91,621,466 records as of 2 July 2012.

New DATABASENova Scotia Vital Records 1763-1957 – Index created by the Nova Scotia Archives. Contains registered births 1864-1877 with some birth entries as early as 1810, delayed births 1836-1907, marriages 1763-1932, and deaths 1864-1877, 1908-1957 – 805,577 Records as of July 3, 2012.

New & Updated Canadian Vital Records Posted at FamilySearch.org

The following Canadian vital-records oriented databases have been added or updated at FamilySearch.org since my last posting made January 9.

We’ve also updated all five of the GenealogyBlog Online Database Links Files.
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NEW DATABASE British Columbia, Victoria Times Birth, Marriage and Death notices, 1901-1939Imaged Records – Newspaper clippings pasted onto cards and arranged chronologically. Includes the date (year, month, day) and page number on each card. The newspaper was variously known as the Victoria Times, Victoria Weekly Times, and Victoria Daily Times – 111,817 images as of 5 June 2012.

NEW DATABASE British Columbia, Wills, 1861-1981Imaged Records – Images of will indexes and wills. Although the index spans 1861-1981 this collection contains wills for 1861-1939. Central will registry maintained by the Department of the Attorney General for all wills probated in the province of British Columbia. The number for each will is written in the upper right-hand corner of the first page of the will in small script. Some wills are missing from the collection. The will numbers are listed in the indexes under the “Remarks” column, and NOT the “Wills” column. Some letters of the alphabet are continued at the end of the index volume. The index to these wills is also the index to the Victoria probate registry district records – 127,172 records as of 22 June 2012.

NEW DATABASE Manitoba Probate Records 1871-1930Imaged Records – Images of estate files, application books and indexes. Some indexes go as late as 1970 – 802,992 images as of 22 March 2012.

NEW DATABASE New Brunswick, Late Registration of Births 1810-1899Imaged Records – Typed extracts of late registration. Records are arranged alphabetically for the entire year range – 24,015 images as of 16 Feb 2012. From New Brunswick Vital Statistics Branch. New Brunswick provincial returns of births and late registration. Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick.

NEW DATABASE New Brunswick Provincial Returns of Marriages 1887-1919Imaged Records – The returns of marriages are arranged alphabetically within each year by surname of the groom. New Brunswick instituted registration for all vital statistics in January of 1888. There are very few returns for 1887 – 141,775 images as of 5 June 2012.

NEW DATABASE New Brunswick Provincial Returns of Marriages and Late Registrations, 1920-1950Imaged Records – Provincial returns of marriages, 1920-1950, and late registration of marriages, 1920-1945 – 119,291 images as of 5 June 2012.

NEW DATABASE New Brunswick, Marriage Registers, 1789-1889Imaged Records – Marriage registers containing transcriptions from church records submitted by various denominations. Most volumes are indexed – 7,459 images as of 11 June 2012.

Nova Scotia Births and Baptisms, 1702-1896– Index to selected Nova Scotia births and baptisms. Only a few localities are included and the time period varies by locality – This collection contains 130,108 records as of 15 March 2012 – up 4,317 records since 27 April 2010.

Nova Scotia Marriages, 1711-1909 – Index to selected Nova Scotia marriages. Only a few localities are included and the time period varies by locality. This collection contains 37,261 records as of 10 March 2012 – up 1007 records since 27 April 2010.

NEW DATABASE Nova Scotia, Church Records 1720-2001Imaged Records – Parish registers of baptisms, marriages, deaths and other records for some Catholic and Church of England in Canada parishes from Nova Scotia – 16,188 images as of 6 Feb 2012.

NEW DATABASE Ontario, Roman Catholic Church Records, 1760-1923Imaged Records – Baptisms, marriages, deaths and other records from several Roman Catholic parishes in the province of Ontario, Canada. This collection covers church records created 1760-1923, but the content and time period of the records will vary by parish – 123,534 images as of 18 January 2012.

NEW DATABASE Quebec, Non-Catholic Parish Register 1763-1967Imaged Records – Registers of baptisms, marriages, deaths and other records from various non-Catholic denominations and parishes. Date coverage varies from parish to parish – 278,518 images as of 17 May 2012.

Saskatchewan, Probate Estate Files 1887-1931 – Index and images of estate files from Saskatchewan judicial districts. 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. This project was indexed in partnership with the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society – 35,000 indexed records and 1,903,391 images as of 25 June 2012 – up 312,198 images since 10 January 2012.

Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959 – Name index to birth and baptism records from Canada. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 1,534,515 records as of 22 March 2012 – up 5,426 records since 21 June 2011.

FamilySearch Adds Millions of Records for Belgium, China, Philippines, and the U.S. – 20 States Now Completed for the 1940 Census

The following news release was received from FamilySearch.org:

FamilySearch published new, free records online for Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, England, Georgia, Indonesia, Italy, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. The 1940 US Census Community Project continues to progress quickly. Online volunteers have now indexed 80 million names out of the historic 1940 census. Follow the progress online or search the 20 completed states at FamilySearch.org/1940census. BillionGraves also contributed about a million indexed records. Search these diverse collections and 2.8 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records on FamilySearch.org are made available by thousands of online volunteers from around the world who transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More online 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 online as a volunteer indexer at FamilySearch.org.

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.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537-1888 – 0 – 349,963 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Austria, Vienna, Jewish Registers of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1784-1911 – 0 – 206,316 – New browsable image collection.
Belgium, Antwerp, Police Immigration, 1840-1930 – 0 – 1,339,442 – New browsable image collection.
BillionGraves Index – 980,915 – 980,915 – Affiliate provided new indexed records and browsable images.
Canada, Lower Canada Census, 1825 – 74,323 – 1,202 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.
Canada, New Brunswick Provincial Returns of Marriages and Late Registrations, 1920-1950 – 0 – 119,291 – New browsable image collection.
Canada, New Brunswick Provincial Returns of Marriages, 1887-1919 – 0 – 141,775 – New browsable image collection.
Canada, Nova Scotia, Halifax County, Deed Indexes, 1749-1958 – 0 – 23,008 – New browsable image collection.
Canada, Saskatchewan Provincial Records, 1879-1987 – 0 – 75,276 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Chile, Santiago, Cementerio General, 1821-2011 – 0 – 84,542 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
China, Collection of Genealogies, 1500-1900 – 0 – 1,588,606 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Censuses, 1843-1921 – 0 – 52,767 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Land Records, 1450-1889 – 0 – 123,966 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
England, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers, 1603-1910 – 0 – 983 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
England, Northumberland, Miscellaneous Records, 1705-2005 – 0 – 65,881 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Georgia, Headright and Bounty Land Records, 1783-1909 – 0 – 36,799 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Purwodadi Citizenship Records, 1960-2012 – 0 – 46,170 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Wonosobo, Naturalization Records, 1927-2011 – 0 – 37,311 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Bologna, Bologna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1941 – 0 – 49,009 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Genova, Chiavari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1941 – 0 – 27,223 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Messina, Patti, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1823-1941 – 0 – 26,259 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Napoli, Serrara Fontana, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809-1929 – 4,242 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
Italy, Pescara, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1866-1942 – 0 – 104,831 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Salerno, Padula, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809-1940 – 0 – 4,375 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Teramo, Teramo, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1940 – 0 – 5,813 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941 – 0 – 134,878 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Waldensian Evangelical Church Records, 1679-1969 – 21,878 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 – 0 – 24,703 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1981 – 0 – 6,356,654 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Philippines, Civil Registration (National), 1945-1981 – 0 – 101,177 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books, 1600-1950 – 0 – 31,074 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911 – 0 – 21,549 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949 – 0 – 47,334 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Russia Tver Poll Tax Census (Revision lists), 1744-1874 – 0 – 873,732 – New browsable image collection.
Scotland Census, 1841 – 2,629,006 – 0 – New indexed collection
Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1583-1902 – 0 – 112,580 – New browsable image collection.
Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records, 1903-1918 – 0 – 158,340 – New browsable image collection.
Spain, Province of Tarragona, Municipal Records, 1430-1916 – 0 – 56,475 – New browsable image collection.
Spain, Records of Widows and Orphans of Spanish Officials, 1860-1960 – 0 – 5,146 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Spain, Valencia, Miscellaneous Records, 1251-1950 – 0 – 265,333 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Sweden, Uppsala Church Records, 1308-1901; index 1613-1860 – 16,217 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
U.S., Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970 – 0 – 69,935 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Maine, State Archive Collections, 1790-1966 – 0 – 47,107 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004 – 0 – 89,204 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787-1938 – 0 – 74,400 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1924 – 0 – 29,852 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004 – 0 – 101,198 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Ohio, Jefferson County Court Records, 1797-1940 – 0 – 38,814 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Ohio, Probate Records, 1790-1967 – 0 – 3,796,974 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Ohio, Stark County Court Records, 1809-1917 – 0 – 118,518 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910 – 1,200,141 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
U.S., California, Great Registers, 1866-1910 – 2,325,643 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
U.S., District of Columbia, Birth Returns, 1874-1897 – 0 – 90,550 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Texas, Deaths, 1977-1986 – 0 – 69,454 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1967 – 0 – 43,465 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Idaho, Cassia County Records, 1879-1989 – 0 – 46,360 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Iowa, Fayette County Probate Records, 1851-1927 – 0 – 86,849 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Missouri, Jackson County Voter Registration Records, 1928-1956 – 0 – 16,434 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Montana, Yellowstone County Records, 1881-2012 – 0 – 37,718 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663-1968 – 86 – 689,079 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Texas, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Membership Applications, 1892-2010 – 0 – 25,788 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Texas, Deaths, 1977-1986 – 0 – 32,220 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001 – 0 – 159,181 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008 – 0 – 26,908 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Washington, County Probate Records, 1853-1929 – 0 – 20,031 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States Census, 1930 (New Jersey Part B) – 46,148 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
United States Census, 1940 (Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Mississippi, Nevada, Utah, Vermont, Wyoming) – 9,853,018 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
United States, Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files – 404,753 – 404,753 – Affiliate provided indexed records and browsable images to existing collection

French-Canadian Research: At a Glance

Adding to our collection of reviews for the Genealogy At-a-Glance series is French-Canadian Genealogy Research by Denise R. Larson. Like each guide in the series, this guide is a colorful, four-page quick sheet of facts and resources related to a specific topics of research, in this case, French Canada.

Each sections (listed below under ‘Contents’) contains key information, predominately historical, about the specific type of records available, followed by references. The author, also, includes a few tips to help the researcher. A key part of this guide is found under the “Unlocking French-Canadian Family History” section. In addition to information on surnames and the immigration of Huguenots, the author covers two key geographic regions, Quebec and Acadia. Acadia represents modern day Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and parts of New Brunswick. All-in-all, the guide is a straightforward, easy-to-use, primer for Canadian family history research.

 

Contents

Quick Facts

French Canada

Unlocking French-Canadian Family History

  • Surnames
  • Quebec
  • Acadia
  • Huguenots (French Protestants)

Civil and Church Records

Census Returns

Emigration and Naturalization

Major Record Repositories in Canada

Other Online Resources

Start or add to your own At-a-Glance collection, order Genealogy At-a-Glance: French-Canadian Genealogy Research at Family Roots Publishing, Item #GPC3286

FamilySearch Adds 16M New Records, including those for Brazil, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, Czech Republic, Ecuador, and the U.S.A.

The following news release was written by FamilySearch.org staff:

21 September 2011: Among the 16 million records added to FamilySearch.org this week, over six million are from the United States, including new collections from California, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New York, Oregon, and Vermont. Additionally, five million new Civil Registration and Catholic Church records from Mexico are now available for free viewing at FamilySearch.org. Begin searching now!

Searchable records on FamilySearch.org are made possible by thousands of volunteers from around the world who transcribe (index) the information from handwritten records to make it searchable by computer. More volunteers are needed to help accelerate this important work of preserving and freely publishing important genealogical records. To learn more about the FamilySearch indexing program, visit indexing.familysearch.org.

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.

Collection – Records – Images – Comments
Brazil, Immigration Cards, 1900–1965 – 125,830 – 223,708 – New index collection.
Nova Scotia, Queens County, Notes of Thomas Brenton Smith, 1700–1950 – 0 – 30,314 – New browsable image collection.
Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800–1900 – 0 – 29,368 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Canada, Saskatchewan Provincial Records, 1879–1987 – 0 – 31,848 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Cote d’Ivoire, Census, 1975 – 0 – 70,627 – New browsable image collection.
Czech Republic, Censuses 1843–1921 – 0 – 90,710 – New browsable image collection.
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801–2006 – 0 – 17,634 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565–1996 – 0 – 1,195,284 – New browsable image collection.
Hungary Civil Registration, 1895–1980 – 0 – 45,046 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Catholic Church Records – 0 – 21,584 – Added browsable images to existing collection for Catania and L’Aquila.
Italy, Civil Registration, 1806–1940 – 0 – 212,843 – Added browsable images to existing collection for Cuneo, Genova, and Treviso
Mexico, Chiapas, Civil Registration, 1861–1990 – 0 – 1,523,742 – New browsable image collection.
Mexico, Coahuila, Civil Registration, 1861–1998 – 0 – 1,176,741 – New browsable image collection.
Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic Church Records, 1590–1995 – 0 – 3,464 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Mexico, Nuevo León, Civil Registration, 1859–1962 – 0 – 700,788 – New browsable image collection.
Mexico, Sonora, Civil Registration, 1861–1995 – 0 – 2,808 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Mexico, Zacatecas, Civil Registration, 1860–2000 – 0 – 1,371,091 – New browsable image collection.
New Zealand, Probate Records, 1878–1960 – 0 – 8,535 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1687–1992 – 0 – 765,138 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Spain, Municipal Records, 1837–1903 – 0 – 1,428,443 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1641–1860 – 36,464 – 2,048 – Added index and links to Sweden for images to existing collection.
Switzerland, Church Records, 1277–1992 – 0 – 447,199 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1875–2011 – 210,524 – 0 – Added new records. Now current as of 31 Aug 2011.
California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893–1953 – 0 – 356,671 – New browsable image collection.
California, San Mateo County Records, 1856–1967 – 0 – 17,600 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Idaho, Cassia County Records, 1879–1960 – 0 – 25,161 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Idaho, Teton County Records, 1900–1988 – 0 – 2,138 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Illinois, Probate Records, 1819–1970 – 0 – 105,071 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Indiana, Marriages, 1811–1959 – 40,349 – 0 – Added images and index to existing collection.
Louisiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820–1945 – 0 – 217,181 – New browsable image collection.
Louisiana, Orleans Parish Second District Judicial Court Case Files, 1846–1880 – 0 – 43,766 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Maine, Aroostook County Deed Books, 1865–1900 – 0 – 116,427 – New browsable image collection.
Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1792–1983 – 0 – 43,782 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Estate Files, 1686–1881 – 0 – 38,707 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Mississippi State Archives, Various Records, 1820–1951 – 0 – 36,055 – New browsable image collection.
Montana, Cascade County Records, 1888–1945 – 0 – 88,732 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
New York State Census, 1865 – 0 – 55,023 – New browsable image collection.
New York, New York City, Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church Records, 1862–1955 – 0 – 3,561 – New browsable image collection.
New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1925–1942 – 0 – 2,572,496 – New browsable image collection.
New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787–1938 – 0 – 59,021 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1899–1921 – 0 – 61,695 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
North Carolina, County Records, 1833–1970 – 0 – 55,317 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
North Carolina, State Supreme Court Case Files, 1800–1909 – 0 – 148,125 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Ohio, Cuyahoga County Probate Files, 1813–1900 – 0 – 38,089 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Oregon, Baker County Records, 1862–1950 – 0 – 66,538 – New browsable image collection.
Oregon, Benton County Records, 1856–1984 – 0 – 75,599 – New browsable image collection.
Oregon, County Marriages, 1851–1975 – 55,959 – 5,466 – New index collection.
Oregon, Polk County Records, 1857–1972 – 0 – 34,823 – New browsable image collection.
Texas, Gonzalez de la Garza Genealogy Collection – 0 – 24,113 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1908–1949 – 2,138 – 589 – Added images and index to existing collection for 1920 Death certificates.
Vermont, Town Records, 1850–2005 – 0 – 75,597 – New browsable image collection.
Washington State, Army National Guard Records, 1880–1947 – 0 – 31,670 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, National Homes For Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866–1938 – 0 – 15,219 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812–1815 – 0 – 622,984 – New browsable image collection.
United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 – 1,104,972 – 2,990 – Added index and images for new state (Pennsylvania) to existing collection.

Some Early Scots in the Maritime Provinces of Canada

Some Early Scots in Maritime Canada, a two-volume set by Terrence M. Punch.

Referring to the Maritime Provinces of Canada, specifically New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Price Edward Island, this book covers the immigration of Scottish settlers into this region. Collecting from a vast array of documents, articles, and vital records, the author “attempts to put names and places to a few thousand of these immigrants in hope that some readers may find an ancestor or a kinsman.”

The two volume set is based on materials found in the Nova Scotia Archives and the Public Archives of New Brunswick, among others resources, and it draws together a unique collection of miscellaneous records pertaining to Scottish immigrants to the Maritime Provinces. Details of life events such as birth, marriage, and death are revealed along with records ranging from newspaper announcements of marriages and deaths to cemetery records and censuses, and from ships’ passenger lists to land records. The book also contains histories, maps, indexes to ships and much more. Thousands of Canadian-Scottish immigrants are named who otherwise might have gone undiscovered through traditional genealogical research.

 

Table of Contents, Volume I

Introduction
An Ocean Bridged, Scotland to the Maritimes (with 4 maps)
Shipping News Items
Newspaper Marriages and Deaths of Scots-Born, to 1843
Cape Brenton Census of 1818: The Scots (with map)
Census of Sydney County, NS, 1817: Natives of Scotland (with map)
Scots-Born, Nova Scotia Census of 1770
Probate Records:

  • Halifax County, Nova Scotia
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland

Scots in Local Histories
Headstones of Scottish Immigrants:

  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia

Some Pictou Scots Settlers in 1809
Scots Deserters from Ships, 1812–1813
The North British Society, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1768–1782
Assisting the Transient Poor in Nova Scotia
Passengers in the brig Harmony, Barra to Cape Breton, 1821
The William Tell, 1817
Scots Married, Catholic Church, Halifax, NS, 1803–1842
Index of Ships
Index of Surnames

 

Table of Contents, Volume II

Introduction
Map 1 – Key to the Names of Scottish Shires
Map 2 – Parishes in Five North-eastern Shires
Map 3 – Parishes of the South-western Highlands
Scots-born New Brunswick Loyalists
Statement of Immigration to New Brunswick, 1831–1849
Scottish Names in Prince Edward Island Census, 1798 (map)
Scottish Immigrants to New Brunswick, 1804
Military Attrition in the Maritimes
Scots near Pictou, Nova Scotia, 1809
Scots Arrivals at Pictou, Nova Scotia, in 1815
Scots in the Census of Hants County, Nova Scotia, 1817 (map)
Scots Settlers in the Maritimes before 1850 (miscellany)
Newspaper Items, 1844 to 1853
Addenda to Newspapers before 1844
Six New Brunswick Passenger Lists
Headstones of Scottish Immigrants
Queries in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Newsletters
Two Gaelic Opinions of Nova Scotia
New Brunswick Census, 1851: Scots in Five Parishes (map)
Scots in Chester, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia
Scots Immigrants to New Brunswick, 1874
Scots in Cape Breton Land Papers, 1801–1820 (with map)
A Scottish Army Surgeon
Probate records, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Index of Ships
Index of Surnames
Acknowledgements

 

Both these books are available from Family Roots Publishing:

Some Early Scots in Maritime Canada, Volume I; Item # GPC4713

Some Early Scots in Maritime Canada, Volume II; Item # GPC4714

The Old Court House Museum in Guysborough, Nova Scotia Now Open for Research

The following excerpt is from an article in the July 11, 2011 edition of Indian Country today.


The Old Court House Museum, at 106 Church Street, in Guysborough, Nova Scotia, is now available for visitors to conduct genealogical research. The research center, recently opened by the Guysborough Historical Society (GHS), can be used year-round.

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