FamilySearch Database Collections Added or Updated the Weeks of October 3 & 10, 2016

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WEEK OF OCTOBER 10 RECORDS ADDED OR UPDATED

FamilySearch added significant historic records online for Belgium, Maine, New Zealand, and Tennessee, and Revolutionary War records for Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and North Carolina. Special thanks to the volunteer indexers continuing work on the United States Marriages project. You can see the fruits of your labors this week with the newly published Tennessee County Marriages collection. See the interactive table below for these and more historic records added this week at FamilySearch.org.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Argentina Mendoza Catholic Church Records 1665-1975 – 136857 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Belgium Antwerp Civil Registration 1588-1913 – 2451 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Belgium Limburg Civil Registration 1798-1906 – 7995 – 57091 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Belgium East Flanders Civil Registration 1541-1914 – 851 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Belgium Liège Civil Registration 1621-1914 – 64333 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Colombia Catholic Church Records 1576-2014 – 1189 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Germany Hesse Civil Registration 1874-1927 – 7093 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Germany Baden Stebbach Church Book Extracts 1675-1951 – 0 – 194 – New browsable image collection.

Germany Prussia Westphalia Minden Miscellaneous Collections from the Municipal Archives 1574-1912 – 0 – 403 – Added images to an existing collection

New Zealand Archives New Zealand Probate Records 1843-1998 – 134 – 219990 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

New Zealand Archives New Zealand Civil Records Indexes 1800-1896 – 857382 – 0 – New indexed records collection

Philippines Civil Registration (National) 1945-1984 – 0 – 427 – Added images to an existing collection

UNITED STATES DATABASES

Alaska Vital Records 1816-1959 – 0 – 2106 – Added images to an existing collection

Iowa State Census 1915 – 55431 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Maine Vital Records 1670-1921 – 576750 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Maine Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications 1835-1838 – 4952 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Massachusetts Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications 1805-1845 – 616 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

New Hampshire Revolutionary War Records 1675-1835 – 83366 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

North Carolina Revolutionary Pay Vouchers 1779-1782 – 48887 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Ohio County Marriages 1789-2013 – 0 – 121 – Added images to an existing collection

Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950 – 71496 – 4251 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

WEEK OF OCTOBER 3 RECORDS ADDED OR UPDATED

This week’s collection update is well worth the wait, containing almost 3.5 million newly published indexed records and 2.3 million additional digital images from Australia, Denmark, England, Ghana, Nicaragua, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the US (Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, Utah, and the Revolutionary War). See the interactive table below for these and more historic records added this week at FamilySearch.org. Join our online indexing volunteers anytime and help make more of these exciting collections discoverable to more people. Find out how at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

BillionGraves Index – 155,369 – 155,369 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Australia Victoria Inquest Deposition Files 1840-1925 – 101,646 – 903,420 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Australia Tasmania Civil Registration of Births 1899-1912 – 69,290 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Denmark Probate Indexes 1674-1851 – 82,878 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

England Warwickshire Parish Registers 1538-1963 – 61,201 – 54,925 – Added images to an existing collection

Ghana Census 1984 – 30,138 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Great Britain War Office Registers 1772-1935 – 204 – 3,617 – New indexed records collection

Nicaragua Civil Registration 1809-2013 – 0 – 580,218 – New browsable image collection.

Poland Lublin Roman Catholic Church Books 1784-1964 – 5,253 – 0 – New indexed records and images collection

Poland Radom Roman Catholic Church Books 1587-1966 – 16,352 – 0 – Added images to an existing collection

Spain Diocese of Ávila Catholic Church Records 1502-1975 – 11,671 – 0 – New indexed records collection

Spain Diocese of Santander Catholic Church Records 1538-1985 – 63,919 – 4,551 – New indexed records and images collection

Sweden Uppsala Church Records 1308-1901; index 1613-1860 – 67,400 – 0 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Sweden Älvsborg Church Records 1642-1897; index 1681-1860 – 39,335 – 0 – New indexed records collection

Sweden Södermanland Church Records 1604-1900; index 1640-1860 – 61,471 – 387 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

UNITED STATES DATABASES

Arkansas Church Marriages 1860-1976 – 542 – 2,050 – Added images to an existing collection

California County Marriages 1850-1952 – 6,019 – 0 – New indexed records and images collection

Florida County Marriages 1830-1957 – 706,891 – 528,618 – New indexed records and images collection

Georgia Church Marriages 1787-1962 – 182 – 0 – New browsable image collection.

Georgia Church Marriages 1754-1960 – 1,535 – 3,012 – New indexed records and images collection

Illinois Cook County Obituaries ca. 1970-1990 – 293,091 – 35,504 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Minnesota Passenger and Crew Lists 1912-1956 – 31,305 – 34,589 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

New York New York City Police Census 1890 – 1,479,855 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Oklahoma Church Marriages 1852-1948 – 314 – 0 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Utah Birth Certificates 1903-1914 – 13,249 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Washington County Marriages 1855-2008 – 0 – 14,958 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Applications for Enrollment and Adoption of Washington Indians 1911-1919 – 0 – 6,392 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers 1818-1872 – 156,667 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

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/indexing.

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of March 28, 2016

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Explore the new record collections for Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928, Czech Republic School Registers 1799-1953, United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815, and more than 7 million additions to the Find A Grave Index. Search these and more by following the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Belgium Antwerp Civil Registration 1588-1913 – 5,142 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Belgium Brabant Civil Registration 1582-1914 – 28,028 – 2,055 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Belgium East Flanders Civil Registration 1541-1914 – 41,927 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Belgium Hainaut Civil Registration 1600-1913 – 4,729 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Belgium Liège Civil Registration 1621-1914 – 5,655 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Belgium West Flanders Civil Registration 1582-1910 – 43,815 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Czech Republic School Registers 1799-1953 – 0 – 1,158,164 – Added images to an existing collection
Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928 – 0 – 2,993,164 – Added images to an existing collection
Find A Grave Index – 7,586,038 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Japan Genealogies 850-2012 – 0 – 59,303 – Added images to an existing collection
Japan Village Records 709-1982 – 0 – 223,187 – Added images to an existing collection

United States Databases

South Carolina Georgetown Passenger Lists 1904-1942 – 1,302 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Texas and Arizona Arrivals 1903-1910 – 59,299 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Passport Applications 1795-1925 -38,025 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815 – 1,130,851 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of March 14, 2016

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There are 25 new collections updated time! Check out Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928, Maryland Church Records 1668-1995, North Carolina Civil Marriages 1763-1868, United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815, United States Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages 1861-1872, and Utah LDS Missionary Registers 1860-1937. Search these and more by following the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Brazil Pernambuco Civil Registration 1804-2014 – 204,849 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
California San Pedro Immigration Office Special Inquiry Records 1930-1936 – 2,736 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928 – 0 – 2,993,164 – Added images to an existing collection
England Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers 1538-2010 – 11,418 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Hawaii Index to Filipino Arrivals to Honolulu 1946 – 7,408 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Illinois Church Marriages 1805-1985 – 9,190 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Illinois Civil Marriages 1833-1889 – 8,975 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Illinois County Marriages 1810-1934 – 179,181 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Indiana Marriages 1811-2007 – 0 – 16,771 – Added images to an existing collection
Maryland Church Records 1668-1995 – 137,984 – 27,644 – New indexed records and images collection
Maryland Piney Point Crew Lists 1950-1956 – 5,429 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Michigan County Marriages Index 1820-1937 – 1,012 – 0 – New indexed records collection
New Jersey Church Records 1675-1970 – 1,144 – 613 – New indexed records and images collection
New Jersey State Census 1865 – 0 – 3,646 – New browsable image collection.
New York New York Soundex to Passenger and Crew Lists 1887-1921 – 5,800 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
North Carolina Civil Marriages 1763-1868 – 53,614 – 4,567 – New indexed records and images collection
Ohio Marriages 1800-1942 – 3,567 – 785 – New indexed records and images collection
Peru Junín Civil Registration 1881-2005 – 87,987 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Spain Province of Cádiz Municipal Records 1784-1956 – 0 – 155,324 – Added images to an existing collection
Tennessee Civil Marriages 1838-1888 – 5,946 – 1,079 – New indexed records and images collection
Texas and Arizona Arrivals 1903-1910 – 59,299 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages 1861-1872 – 34,323 – 599 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815 – 1,130,851 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Utah LDS Missionary Registers 1860-1937 – 48,207 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Virginia Alexandria Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels 1946-1957 – 6,669 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

New FamilySearch Data Collections Posted the Week of 27 July 2015

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Highlights of this week’s updates include the Alabama County Marriages 1809-1950, Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928, Philippines Civil Registration (Local) 1888-1984, Utah Obituaries from Utah Newspapers 1850-2005, and Zimbabwe Death notices from 1904-1976. Explore these newly released collections and others by following the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928 – 0 – 1,371,304 – New browsable image collection.
Japan Passenger Lists 1893-1941 – 0 – 15,681 – Added images to an existing collection
Peru La Libertad Civil Registration 1903-1998 – 186,394 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Philippines Civil Registration (Local) 1888-1984 – 0 – 4,019,816 – Added images to an existing collection
Zimbabwe Death notices 1904-1976 – 158,202 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States
Alabama County Marriages 1809-1950 – 718,870 – 223,694 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Utah Obituaries from Utah Newspapers 1850-2005 – 60,859 – 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 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Millions of Scandinavian Records Added at MyHeritage.com

I received an announcement from MyHeritage dealing with the posting of Sandinavian records this morning. The following is from Daniel’s note, as well as the MyHeritage blog. These folks are doing some cool things.

…we’ve just brought online millions of Scandinavian records – the majority of which have never been digitized or indexed online before.

Anyone with Scandinavian roots can search these records on SuperSearch and will receive matches to those records relevant to their family tree.

As of today, the entire 1930 Danish census (3.5 million records) is available online. This is thanks to our partnership with the National Archives of Denmark to index and digitize over 120 million records including all available Danish census records from 1787-1930 and Parish records from 1646 to 1915, all of which will be released during 2015 and 2016.

We’ve also added the Swedish Household Examination Rolls from 1880-1920, which includes 54 million records with 5 million color images, of which 22 million records are already available online. The remaining records are scheduled to go online before the end of June 2015. The household examination rolls are the primary register of the Swedish church, listing the residents of each parish, their families, and important life events such as births, marriages and deaths.

Following is a map of Sweden showing those counties in bold orange whose records were posted Feb. 17, 2015. Here’s some notes about the map from the MyHeritage blog:

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Västra Götaland: In 1997 this county was formed by merging the three counties of Göteborg och Bohus, Älvsborg, and Skaraborg.

Dalarna: In 1997 this county was renamed from Kopparberg.

Skåne: In 1997 this county was formed by merging the two counties of Kristianstad and Malmöhus.

I understand they have more Scandinavian records in the works!

Reminder: MyHeritage founder and CEO, Gilad Japhet has given me permission to offer my readers the best deal I’ve ever seen on a MyHeritage subscription. How about $99.95 for a full year of Full Access to MyHeritage? – that’s their Premium Plus family site and their Data Plan… Everything!!! For way over half off! We are talking $20 less than the best price offered at RootsTech, and that was a 50% off deal! Click on this link to purchase Full Access MyHeritage at only $99.95. Do it now, as this price will only be offered through February 24, 2015 – then it ends. Period.

Read more in my earlier post.

Ancestry.com Adds Danish Vital Records From FamilySearch

A few days ago, Ancestry.com posted more Danish data that they received from FamilySearch.com. This data is for burials in Denmark between the years of 1640 and 1970. They had earlier posted databases for Denmark, Select Baptisms, 1618-1923, and Denmark, Select Marriages, 1635-1916.

I did a search for Kirsten Nielsen, and got back 69,346 hits! Picking one, I got the burial info on a Kirsten Christensdatter, nee Kirsten Nielsen. The database also gave the following information:
Gender: Female
Age: 88
Birth Date: 1773
Birth Place: Gronne, Thiim,
Death Date: 10 jan 1861
Death Place: Tim, Ringkøbing, Denmark
Burial Date: 20 jan 1861
Father: Christen Nielsen
FHL Film Number: 51994
Reference ID: Bk 5 P153

The Source Information is as follows:
Ancestry.com. Denmark, Select Burials, 1640-1917 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.

Original data: Denmark Burials, 1640-1917. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.

Looking futher at link leading to the FamilySearch Wiki, I found the following notation:

Record Description
This index is an electronic index for the years 1640 to 1917. It is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

I looked for the FHL Film Number 51994 in the Family History Library and got the following response: “No Results Found.” So I’m still unsure as to where this record itself came from. Maybe I need to run down to the Library and see if I can locate that roll number on the shelf.(Note that I live exactly 10 miles from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.)

These records are available free at FamilySearch, having been posted from December through February. Just comparing the burial records, Ancestry.com stats show 1,252,302 records, while FamilySearch shows 656,944. It coould well be that the discrepancy is because Ancestry is counting additional names found within the entry (like the father’s name above), while the FamilySearch stats may just be the number of records. I’m just guessing here, so don’t quote me on that part!

FamilySearch Adds Over 1.9 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Austria, Denmark, Hungary, & the USA

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FamilySearch has added more than 1.9 million indexed records and images to collections from Austria, Denmark, Hungary, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 834,729 indexed records and images from the U.S., Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists, 1820-1948, collection, the 590,658 indexed records from the new U.S., New York, State Health Department, Genealogical Research Death Index, 1957-1963, collection, and the 12,338 indexed records and images from the new Hungary, Jewish Vital Records Index, 1800-1945, 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 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

Austria, Vienna Population Cards, 1850-1896 – 21,278 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Denmark Civil Marriages, 1851-1961 – 99,586 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Hungary, Jewish Vital Records Index, 1800-1945 – 11,066 – 1,272 – New indexed records and images collection.

U.S., Delaware Orphan Court Records, 1680-1978 – 0 – 23,026 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists, 1820-1948 – 798,916 – 35,813 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

U.S., Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822-1918 – 0 – 261,257 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., New York, State Health Department, Genealogical Research Death Index, 1957-1963 – 590,658 – 0 – New indexed record collections.

U.S., South Carolina, Freedmen’s Bureau Records, 1865-1872 – 0 – 118,737 – New browsable image collection.

MyHeritage Adds Over 32 Million Records from Sweden, Norway, Denmark & Finland, Dating Back to the Early 1600s

The following press release was written by MyHeritage.com staff:

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STOCKHOLM & OSLO, Norway & COPENHAGEN, Denmark & HELSINKI & TEL AVIV, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MyHeritage, the popular family history network announced today a market expansion initiative focused on the Nordic countries. Millions of families can now search digitized Nordic records dating back to the 17th century to discover more about their ancestors and the lives they led.

“We’re delighted to add this vast collection of historical records to our fast growing database and are excited about the new family connections that our users will make and the family stories they will reveal”

In addition to the significant content added today, MyHeritage is investing millions of dollars to digitize more Nordic historical content and has signed new agreements that will result in a wealth of Nordic historical records to be added during the next few years.

MyHeritage is already the family history market leader in the Nordic region and is the only major company providing services in Norwegian, Danish and Finnish. With more than 470,000 registered users in Sweden, 350,000 in Norway, 300,000 in Denmark and 200,000 in Finland, MyHeritage has amassed the largest Nordic user base and family tree database in the market. MyHeritage users can now enjoy a more comprehensive family history experience that combines family trees and historical records, to paint a more detailed and colorful picture of their ancestry.

MyHeritage has also launched today dedicated social media channels for Norway, Denmark and Finland including local blogs and Facebook and Twitter accounts, to complement its existing popular Swedish social media presence. Followers will be notified about additional record collections as they are added and enjoy tips and tricks for family history research and more information about MyHeritage’s services.

The Nordic historical record collections added today include birth, death, marriage, baptism and other records, covering more than 90 million names. This comes in addition to more than 70 million profiles in 730,000 family trees created by MyHeritage users from the Nordic region, and many more contributed by users with Nordic ancestry. The records and the public profiles are available for searching via SuperSearch, MyHeritage’s search engine for historical records. MyHeritage users also enjoy powerful matching technologies that research their family trees automatically and notify them whenever records relevant to their family are found. This makes discoveries easier and quicker than ever before.

For Sweden, MyHeritage has added 11 million records with 31 million names. These collections include baptism documents dating back to 1611, marriage documents dating back to 1630 and burial documents dating back to 1649. Visitors can find more information about the collections from Sweden and search them at www.myheritage.se/svenska-samlingar.

For Norway, MyHeritage has added 10 million records with 30 million names. These collections include baptism documents dating back to 1634, marriage documents dating back to 1660, burial documents dating back to 1666 and the Norwegian national census from 1875. Visitors can find more information about the collections from Norway and search them at www.myheritage.no/norske-samlinger.

For Denmark, MyHeritage has added 5.5 million records with 14 million names. These collections include baptism documents dating back to 1618, marriage documents dating back to 1635 and burial documents dating back to 1640. Visitors can find more information about the collections from Denmark and search them at www.myheritage.dk/danske-samlinger.

For Finland, MyHeritage has added 5.5 million records with 16 million names. These collections include baptism documents dating back to 1657, marriage documents dating back to 1682 and burial documents dating back to 1725. Visitors can find more information about the collections from Finland and search them at www.myheritage.com/suomalaiset-kokoelmat.

“We’re delighted to add this vast collection of historical records to our fast growing database and are excited about the new family connections that our users will make and the family stories they will reveal”, said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “This is a treasure trove not only for people in the Nordic countries but for everyone whose family originated from this region. We look forward to enhancing our leadership in the Nordic region and in many additional countries over the next few years – watch this space!”

With a diverse user base, spanning every country and continent, MyHeritage is a gateway to a massive variety of family histories from different cultures, religions and ethnic backgrounds. MyHeritage offers a private and secure environment for sharing and researching family history, and users can choose which information they wish to share. MyHeritage has ranked #10 in Deloitte’s 2013 Fast 500 list of the 500 technology companies with the fastest revenue growth across all of Europe.

About MyHeritage

MyHeritage is a family history network helping millions of families around the world discover and share their legacy online. As technology thought leaders and innovators in the space, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible, exciting and easier than ever before. MyHeritage empowers its global community of users with unique social tools, a massive library of historical content and powerful search and data matching technologies. The service is available in 40 languages. For more information visit www.myheritage.com

Danish Immigrant Museum Changes its Name

Word has been received that the Danish Immigrant Museum of Elk Horn Iowa has changed its name to Museum of Danish America.
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They have stated that while their name is changing, their mission will still the same. The only national institution of its kind with a professionally-trained curatorial staff, The museum has a 30 year legacy of preserving and sharing Danish and American cultural experiences.

Some of their past exhibits include:

  • Church Basements and Children’s Homes: Danish-American Missions Here and Abroad
  • Across Oceans, Across Time, Across Generations
  • Across Oceans: Our Maritime Collection
  • Americans at Work & at Play – A Study of Danish Influences in Everyday Life
  • Quilting Family History
  • A Celebration of Heritage – Danish Folk Costumes in America
  • Danes on the Northern Plains – Patterns of Settlement in the Dakotas, Montana & Wyoming

Visit them at:

2212 Washington Street
Elk Horn, Iowa 51531

Or

Visit their Web site to learn more.
http://www.danishmuseum.org/

Museum of Danish America also has a Genealogy Center Located at:

4210 Main Street
PO Box 249
Elk Horn, Iowa 51531-0249
712.764.7008

Email:
Genealogical inquiries:
(English) genealogy@danishmuseum.org
(dansk) librarian@danishmuseum.org

Genealogy Center staff and volunteers are happy to assist visitors to the museum with their family history research, but if you wish research assistance they strongly urge you to make an appointment in advance.

Resources at the Genealogy Center include:

  • Museum of Danish America Wall of Honor files
  • Danish immigrant biographical files
  • Danish-American obituary collections
  • Over 800 family histories, biographies and memoirs of Danish immigrants
  • Copenhagen Police Emigration index (1868-1911)
  • Danish Brotherhood in America lodge records (1881-1995) and death index (1916-1995)
  • Danish maps, gazetteers and local histories
  • Bien (newspaper), 1893-present
  • The Danish Pioneer (newspaper), 2000-
  • Scandinaviens Stjerne (newspaper), 1851-1900
  • Many Danish-American organizational newsletters
  • HeritageQuest Online™
  • Ancestry LibraryEdition™
  • Select Iowa Lutheran church records
  • Cemetery transcriptions
  • Indexes to Elk Horn-Kimballton newspapers
  • Microfilmed and print Iowa county histories
  • General genealogical reference materials
  • Handouts for getting started and suggested research resources
  • Internet workstations and wireless access
  • EmibasTM Swedish emigration database

FamilySearch Adds Over 9.5 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Argentina, BillionGraves, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, and the U.S.A.

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FamilySearch has recently added more than 9.5 million indexed records and images from Argentina, BillionGraves, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 2,399,826 images from the new Denmark, Church Records, 1484-1941, collection, the 1,734,150 indexed records and images from the Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922, collection, and the 2,171,641 images from the new Italy, Campobasso, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1918, 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 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

Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981 – 539,210 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Argentina, Capital Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1737-1977 – 682,002 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

BillionGraves Index – 407,422 – 407,422 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922 – 1,673,051 – 61,099 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Denmark, Church Records, 1484-1941 – 0 – 2,399,826 – New browsable image collection.

Germany, Prussia, Brandenburg, Landkreis Ostprignitz-Ruppin, Miscellaneous Records, 1559-1945 – 0 – 9,569 – New browsable image collection.

Italy, Campobasso, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1918 – 0 – 2,171,641 – New browsable image collection.

Italy, Napoli, Fontana, Parrocchia di Santa Maria della Mercede – La Sacra, Catholic Church Records, 1659-1929 – 0 – 54 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Illinois, Northern District (Eastern Division), Naturalization Index, 1926-1979 – 0 – 214,094 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994 – 980,427 – 951 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Scandinavian-American Genealogical Resources

hbd1810Scandinavian-American Genealogical Resources is a straight-forward listing of resource pertinent to Americans and Europeans searching their Nordic ancestry. Resources are divided into five major Nordic groups, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish. Each group, of course, represents a home country. The book lists resources by this home country association, but offers repositories found in that country as well as American location of records.

Actual resource listings cover national repositories, along with local libraries and regional historical societies. Specific information is listed for groups, including contact information as well as ideas on how best to use the resources found at each location or group. This book also lists a selective bibliography of books covering the Scandinavian culture and history.

About the Author

“Dr. [Charles] Dickson is a college chemistry instructor and an ordained minister in addition to being a freelance writer. He holds degrees from the University of Tampa, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Stetson University, and the University of Florida.”

Dickson is a prolific author, having written books and articles on religion, chemistry, and history. His historical publishings have appeared in Scandinavian Review, The American Dane, The Finnish American Newsletter, Genealogical Helper, Heritage Quest, and Ancestry Newsletter.

He is also of Swedish-American descent.

 

Table of Contents

The Author

Preface

Finding Ancestors in America

Finding Ancestors in Denmark

  • Danish American Resources
  • Danish Immigrant Museum
  • Danish Immigrant Archives
  • Danish American Heritage Society
  • Danish American Historical Archives
  • Danish Brotherhood of American
  • Additional Danish Listings
  • Regional Libraries – Danish

Finding Ancestors in Finland

  • Finnish American Resources
  • Finlandia University Library
  • Finnish American Heritage Center
  • Swedish Finn Historical Society
  • Finnish American Historical Society of the West
  • Additional Finnish Listings
  • Regional Libraries – Finnish

Finding Ancestors in Iceland

  • Icelandic American Resources
  • Everett Psychiatric Clinic
  • Additional Icelandic Listings
  • Regional Libraries – Icelandic

Finding Ancestors in Norway

  • Norwegian American Resources
  • Augsburg College – Sverdrup Library
  • Norwegian American Historical Associattion
  • Luther College – Preus Library
  • Vesterheim Genealogical Center
  • Sons of Norway International Library
  • Concordia College – Ylvisaker Library
  • Augustana College – Mikkelsen Library
  • Lutheran Brethren Schools Library
  • Bethany Lutheran College Library
  • Pacific Lutheran University – Mortvedt Library
  • Luther-Northwestern Theological Seminary Library
  • Additional Norwegian Listings
  • Regional Libraries – Norwegian

Finding Ancestors in Sweden

  • Swedish American Resources
  • The American Swedish Institute
  • American Swedish Historical Foundation
  • The Swedish American Historical Society
  • Swedish Colonial Society
  • Gustavus Adolphus College – Folke Bernadotte Library
  • Baptist General Conference Archives
  • Augustana Historical Society
  • North Park College Library
  • Swenson Swedish Immigration Center
  • Bethany College – Wallerstedt Library
  • Additional Swedish Listings
  • Regional Libraries – Swedish

General Scandinavian Resources

  • Nordic Heritage Museum
  • Scandinavian American Genealogical Society
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School – Rolfing Library
  • Scandinavian Periodicals and Newspapters
  • Scandinavian Studies and Language Instruction
  • Places with Scandinavian Names

General Genealogical Resources

Bibliography

 

Copies of Scandinavian-American Genealogical Resources are available from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $14.70.

New Searchable Collections Added Online For Brazil, China, England, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Spain, & the USA

The following was received from FamilySearch December 28, 2012:

FamilySearch added an additional 38.5 million new, free indexed records and images this week to its collection. Notable additions include the 6,095,759 indexed records in the new United States World War II Army Enlistment Records collection, the 4,068,907 indexed records for the new United States Germans to America Index from 1850-1897, the 2,922,943 added to the England and Wales Census of 1871, and the 2,608,645 added to the Denmark Estate Records collection from 1436-1964. Other new searchable collections online were added this week for Brazil, China, England, Ireland, Italy, Russia, 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

Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Miscellaneous Records, 1748-1980 – 0 – 133,932 – New browsable image collection.
China, Collection of Genealogies, 1239-2010 – 0 – 1,078,765 – New browsable image collection.
Denmark, Estate Records, 1436-1964 – 0 – 2,608,645 – Added images to an existing collection.
England and Wales Census, 1871 – 2,695,024 – 227,919 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
England, Manchester, Miscellaneous Records, 1700-1916 – 853,243 – 0 – New indexed record collection.
England, Westminster, Parish Registers, 1538-1912 – 1,276,875 – 43,393 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
Ireland, Landed Estate Court Files, 1850-1885 – 682,055 – 53,799 – New indexed records and images collection.
Italy, Catanzaro, Catanzaro, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1910 – 0 – 193,658 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Messina, Patti, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1823-1941 – 0 – 143,597 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Pesaro e Urbino, Urbino, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1910 – 0 – 323,971 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Potenza, Potenza, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1910 – 0 – 298,330 – Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Siena, Montepulciano, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929 – 0 – 181,893 – Added images to an existing collection.
Russia, Simbirsk Church Books, 1768-1939 – 0 – 994,870 – New browsable image collection.
Spain, Diocese of Santander, Catholic Church Records, 1538-1984 – 0 – 757,418 – New browsable image collection.
Spain, Diocese of Segovia, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1987 – 0 – 8,311,103 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784-1931 – 0 – 316,188 – New browsable image collection.
Ukraine, Western Ukraine Catholic Church Book Duplicates, 1600-1937 – 0 – 264,777 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., California, San Francisco, World War I Enemy Alien Registration Affidavits, 1918 – 6,545 – 33,870 – New indexed records and images collection.
U.S., California, County Marriages, 1850-1952 – 1,439,474 – 1,962,567 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
U.S., Florida, Tampa, Passenger Lists, 1898-1945 – 50,103 – 0 – New indexed record collection.
U.S., New York, New York, Index to Passenger Lists, 1820-1846 – 526,400 – 0 – New indexed record collection.
United States, Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1820-1908 – 0 – 941,009 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Famine Irish Passenger Index, 1846-1851 – 604,596 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
United States, Germans to America Index, 1850-1897 – 4,068,907 – 0 – New indexed record collection.
United States, Italians to America Index, 1855-1900 – 845,287 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
United States, Russians to America Index, 1834-1897 – 527,394 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 – 6,095,759 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

The Family History Library Hosts Free Research Series on Danish Research

The following news release was received from Maryanne Taylor:

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH ⎯ Genealogists and family history enthusiasts looking for help with research in Denmark will be interested in classes held at the Family History Library in July. A free Danish Research Series will be held on Saturday, July 14, at the Family History Library. The classes will include:

  • 9:00 a.m. “Research in Southern Denmark”
  • 10:00 a.m. “Big City Research in Denmark”
  • 11:00 a.m. “Lost in Copenhagen: A Case Study”

To view the class schedule online, go to https://familysearch.org/locations/library_class_schedule. Classes will be held in the Main floor classroom of the Family History Library. The library is located to the west of Temple Square on West Temple between North Temple and South Temple Streets in downtown Salt Lake City. On Saturdays, parking is free to library patrons and is located behind the Church History Museum. To register for these free classes, send an email to FHLClassReg@familysearch.org or call
801-240-4950.

Finding Your Scandinavian Ancestors

Time and again I have heard genealogists discuss the difficulties of researching their Scandinavian ancestors. Having, myself, a line of Norwegian ancestors I can attest to the difficulties sometimes found in this research. However, author Dr. Penelope Christensen, in Finding Your Scandinavian Ancestors, declares the process is much easier than is often expected.

According to Christensen, Scandinavians kept detailed records and did an excellent job of preserving them. Common research records include parish registers for christening, marriage and burials. Census, probate, and military records are often readily available as well. Finding Your Scandinavian Ancestors covers general topics useful to researching the region as well as country by country resources.

The first section examines languages, common naming practices, namely the patronymic naming method, key dates, and major resources. Following this general information, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden are reviewed in that order. Common coverage for each country includes a brief history, personal and/or surnames, geographical information, and key records resources.

Dr. Christensen has four degrees and over 25 years university leaving teaching experience. She obviously loves family history and genealogy and has lectured on the subject in England, the U.S., and Canada.

For you own copy of Finding Your Scandinavian Ancestors, please visit Family Roots Publishing; Item #: HV06, Price: $16.66.

 

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

  • Chart 1: Map of Scandinavia

LANGUAGES

  • Chart 2: Anglicization of Scandinavian Letters
  • Typing Scandinavian Characters on an English Keyboard
  • Chart 3: Interchangeable Letters in Scandinavia
  • Chart 4: Old Scandinavian Handwriting

NAME PRACTICES

  • Patronymic IGI

DATES

  • Julian and Gregorian Calendars
  • Feast Days
    • Chart 5: Common Scandinavian Fixed Feast Days
    • Chart 6: Common Scandinavian Movable Feast Days
    • Chart 7: Guide to Calendars of Movable Feast Days, 1607–1699
    • Chart 8: Guide to Calendars of Movable Feast Days, 1700–1753
    • Chart 9: Guide to Calendars of Movable Feast Days, 1754–1824
    • Chart 10: Calendar Tables for Movable Feast Days in Scandinavia – Numbers 1-12
    • Chart 11: Calendar Tables for Movable Feast Days in Scandinavia – Numbers 13-24
    • Chart 12: Calendar Table for Movable Feast Days in Scandinavia – Numbers 25-35

MAJOR SOURCES

  • Scandinavian Genealogy on the Internet
  • General Comments on Land Divisions
    • Chart 13: Counties & Parishes in Scandinavia
  • General Comments on Parish Registers
    • Reading the Parish Register
    • Reading Parish Records with Patronymics
    • Note on Civil Registration
  • General References for Scandinavia

DENMARK: Including Faeroes, Greenland & The Danish West Indies

    • Chart 14: Brief History of Denmark
  • Languages Used in Danish Records
    • Chart 15: Danish Genealogical Word List
  • Danish Given Names
  • Danish Geography & Place Names
    • Chart 16: Alphabetical List of Danish Counties, 1793-1970
  • Recommended Strategy for Successful Danish Research
  • Danish Parish Registers
    • Finding Your Parish Register
    • Chart 17: Contents of Danish Parish Registers
    • Chart 18: Danish FHLC Parish Register Entry
    • Chart 19: Danish Parish Register Column Heading
  • Danish Civil Registration
  • Danish Censuses
  • Danish Probates
  • Danish Military & navy Levying Rolls
  • Other Danish Sources
  • General References for Danish Genealogy
  • Danish Archives & Genealogy Societies

FINLAND

    • Chart 20: Brief History of Finland
  • Languages Used in Finnish Records
    • Chart 21: Finnish Genealogical Word List
  • Finnish Surnames
  • Finnish Given Names
  • Finnish Geography & Place Names
    • Chart 22: Lists of Finnish Counties as of 1945
  • Recommended Strategy for Successful Finnish Research
  • Finnish Communion Books & Preconfirmations
    • Chart 23: Finnish Communion Books and Preconfirmations
    • Chart 24: Contents of Finnish Main Books
  • Finnish Parish Registers
    • Finding Your Parish Register
    • Chart 25: Contents of Finnish Parish Registers
    • Chart 26: Finnish FHLC Parish Register Entry
    • Chart 27: Finnish Parish Register Column Headings
    • Confirmations
    • Marriages
    • Deaths and Burials
    • Arrivals Into the Parish
    • Departures From the Parish
  • Finnish Civil Registration
  • Finnish Certificates of Departure
  • Finnish Censuses
  • Finnish Probate
  • General References for Finnish Genealogy
  • Finnish Archives & Genealogy Societies

ICELAND

    • Chart 28: Brief History of Iceland
  • Languages Used in Icelandic Records
    • Chart 29: Icelandic Genealogical Word List
  • Icelandic Personal Names
  • Icelandic Geography & Place Names
    • Chart 30: Alphabetical List of Icelandic Counties
  • Recommended Strategy for Successful Icelandic Research
  • Icelandic Parish Registers
    • Chart 31: Contents of Icelandic Parish Registers
    • Finding Your Parish Register
    • Chart 32: Icelandic FHLC Parish Register Entry
    • Chart 33: Icelandic Parish Register Column Headings
  • Icelandic Civil Registration
  • Icelandic Censuses
  • Icelandic Probates
  • Other Icelandic Sources
  • General References for Icelandic Genealogy
  • Icelandic Archives & Genealogy Societies

NORWAY

    • Chart 34: Brief History of Norway
  • Languages Used in Norwegian Records
    • Chart 35: Norwegian Genealogical Word List
  • Norwegian Surnames
  • Norwegian Given Names
  • Norwegian Geography & Place Names
    • Chart 36: Alphabetical List of Norwegian Counties
  • Recommended Strategy for Successful Norwegian Research
  • Norwegian Parish Registers
    • Finding Your Parish Register
    • Chart 37: Contents of Norwegian Parish Registers
    • Chart 38: Norwegian FHLC Parish Register Entry
    • Chart 39: Norwegian Parish Register Column Headings
  • Norwegian Civil Registration
  • Norwegian Farm & Family History Books
  • Norwegian Censuses
  • Norwegian Probates
  • Norwegian Military Records
  • Other Norwegian Sources
  • General References for Norwegian Genealogy
  • Norwegian Archives & Genealogy Societies

SWEDEN

    • Chart 40: Brief History of Sweden
  • Languages Used in Swedish Records
    • Chart 41: Swedish Genealogical Word List
  • Swedish Personal Names
  • Swedish Given Names
  • Swedish Geography & Place Names
    • Chart 42: Alphabetical List of Swedish Counties
  • Recommended Strategy for Successful Swedish Research
  • Swedish Clerical Surveys
    • Chart 43: Column Headings for Swedish Clerical Surveys
  • Swedish Parish Registers
  • Finding Your Parish Register
    • Chart 44: Contents of Swedish Parish Registers
    • Chart 45: Swedish FHLC Parish Register Entry
    • Chart 46: Swedish Parish Register Column Heading
  • Swedish Church Record Extracts
  • Swedish Civil Registration
  • Swedish Certificates of Departure or Exit Permits
  • Swedish Censuses
  • Swedish Probates
  • Swedish Military Records
  • Other Swedish Sources
  • General References for Swedish Genealogy
  • Swedish Archives & Genealogy Societies

CONCLUSION

INDEX

Translating Danish Occupations into English

What Did They Do? In Danish, by John E. Herl  is perhaps more like an extensive glossary than anything else. In the words of the author, “this book is a compendium of English translations and explanations of ancient & modern Danish names of occupations, officials and descriptions for family historians.” But, the book is fun. The book simply gives the Danish word for many occupations and anywhere from a one word translations to a paragraph describing the person or position.

In browsing through this book, I found some of the translations both unique and entertaining. Møller, for example, means miller. A nice simple English translation. But then the list goes on. Mølledreng is a boy who works in a mill. I cannot think of a specific name in old or modern English for a boy who works in a mill. Perhaps, that is why the author required a sentence instead of a one word translation. A Møllebygger is a mill buider, a Mølleejer is a mill owner, especially one who owned more than one mill, and a Møllesvend is a journeyman miller. Clearly, mills were of some importance in Denmark to have so many specific job titles for those associated with mills. All English got was the miller.

Reading through the list provided not only some entertainment, but also the recognition that our ancestors led very different lives, at least in some aspects. When it comes to careers and occupations, and you need a Danish/English translations for your research, look no further than What Did They Do? In Danish. You might even have a little fun with your work.

Table of Contents

Source Materials

Preface

Vocabulary

  • Danish & Norwegian Languages
  • Foreign Letters
  • Unique Danish Letters

Additional Guidelines

What Did They Do

  • Occupations Starting with A
  • Occupations Starting with B
  • Occupations Starting with C
  • Occupations Starting with D
  • Occupations Starting with E
  • Occupations Starting with F
  • Occupations Starting with G
  • Occupations Starting with H
  • Occupations Starting with I
  • Occupations Starting with J
  • Occupations Starting with K
  • Occupations Starting with L
  • Occupations Starting with M
  • Occupations Starting with N
  • Occupations Starting with O
  • Occupations Starting with P
  • Occupations Starting with R
  • Occupations Starting with S
  • Occupations Starting with T
  • Occupations Starting with U
  • Occupations Starting with V
  • Occupations Starting with W-X-Z
  • Occupations Starting with Æ-Ø

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