The following U.S.A. vital-records oriented databases have been added or updated at FamilySearch.org since my last posting made December 26. New data has been added for 14 States and the District of Columbia. – Updated January 10, 2012.
Beside the vital records, state census records for New York 1875, as well as state census records, and county tax records for Mississippi are now accessible at FamilySearch.org.
For those doing Canadian research, note that the Ontario Births 1869-1912 database has had 275,598 records added to the index, and the Saskatchewan Probate Files 1887-1931 has 35,000 indexed records.
We’ve also updated all five of the GenealogyBlog Online Database Links Files.
STATE CENSUS RECORDS
New York State Census 1875 – Imaged Records – Images of the 1875 New York State Census as of 1 June 1875. The following counties are not included: Chemung, Clinton, Hamilton, New York (Manhattan), Niagara, Putnam, Queens, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Suffolk, Wayne, and Westchester. – Currently this collection is 52% complete. 379,995 records and 55,023 images as of 29 December 2011; From Surrogate Courts from various counties throughout New York State, on 118 rolls of FHL microfilm.
Also note that there are many Mississippi state census records, and county tax records now available. See the listings below.
THE FOLLOWING DATABASES WERE POSTED OR UPDATED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG SINCE December 26, 2011:
Alabama, County Estate Records 1800-1996 – Imaged Records – This collection includes case files created when estates were administered in various Alabama county probate courts. Estates were generally administered in the county of residence. This collection includes records created 1800-1996, but the content and time period of the records varies by county – 25,296 records and 1,341,915 images as of 10 January 2012.
Delaware Vital Records 1680-1962 – Imaged Records – A collection of various vital records from the Delaware Public Archives. The collection includes birth, marriage, death, bible, and cemetery records spanning various year ranges – 1,487,613 images as of 29 December 2011.
District of Columbia Marriages 1811-1950 – Digital Images – Name index and images of marriage records in the District of Columbia. Currently this collection is 87% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed – 659,487 records as of 10 January 2012 – up 110,821 records since 10 December 2011.
Indiana Marriages 1811-1959 – Indexed in partnership with the Indiana Genealogical Society. Name index of marriages recorded in the Indiana Territory and in the State of Indiana between 1811 and 1959. This collection includes searchable index data for marriage returns and licenses from the following counties: Adams, Allen, Bartholomew, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Brown, Carroll, Clark, Clay, Daviess, Dearborn, Decatur, De Kalb, Delaware, Dubois, Elkhart, Fayette, Floyd, Fountain, Franklin, Fulton, Gibson, Hamilton, Harrison, Hendricks, Henry, Huntington, Jackson, Jay, Lake, Marshall, Ohio, Owen, Rush, and Sullivan. Microfilm copies of original records are available at the Family History Library and at family history centers. Currently this collection is 55% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. – 1,614,866 Records as of 10 Jan 2012 – up 81,203 records since 16 December 2011.
Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1792-1983 – Digital images from court records at the Register of Wills in Maryland. Includes the following counties: Alleghany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Caroline, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington, and Worchester. This collection is being published as images become available – Browse through 802,771 images as of 28 December, 2011 – up 295,019 images.
Maryland, Garrett County Probate Estate and Gaurdianship Files, 1920-1940 – Imaged Records – Images of probate estate files from the Register of Wills office in the Oakland courthouse.This collection is being published as images become available – 123,415 images as of 27 December 2011.
Massachusetts, State Vital Records, 1841-1920 – Imaged Reords – Massachusetts births, marriages and deaths, 1916-1920 and state amendments to vital records, 1841-1920 located at the state archives in Boston. This collection is being published as images become available – 283,997 images as of 29 December 2011.
Michigan County Marriages, 1820-1935 – Images of marriage registers and certificates from county records. This collection does not include the following counties: Alger, Alpena, Barry, Eaton, Gladwin, Kalkaska, Kent, Lenawee, Missaukee, Monroe, Montmorency, Oceana, Oscoda, Schoolcraft, and Shiawassee. – 371,310 indexed records and 304,469 images as of 4 January 2012 – up 12,405 images since 7 September 2011.
Minnesota Marriage Index 1958-2001 – Index of marriages from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Center for Health Statistics, Office of the State Registrar in St. Paul. Index provided by Ancestry.com – 2,414,043 records as of 7 January 2012.
Mississippi State Archives, Various Records, 1820-1951 – Imaged Records – This collection is laid out by county, and includes images of records filmed at the Mississippi State Archives in Jackson, Mississippi. It includes narratives from former slaves, land records from the Office of the Secretary of State, lists of military veterans, military grave registrations, many county tax records, many state census records, and naturalization records. The collection is being published as images become available. 187,576 images as of 27 December, 2011.
New Jersey County Marriages, 1682-1956 – Imaged Records – Name index and images of county marriage records for New Jersey. Currently this collection is 81% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. Due to contract restrictions some images from the following counties may not be available for view: Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Middlesex, Monmouth, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Union, and Warren – 266,235 records and 59,895 images as of 10 January 2012
New York Probate Records, 1629-1971 – Imaged Records – Images from probate records in various county Surrogate Courts in New York. The content of the probate records and their year range vary by county. Most records end in the 1920s with some indexes continuing to the year 1971. This collection does not include records from metropolitan New York at this time – 1,630,900 images as of 28 December 2011.
New York Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1921 – Images of probate records and proceedings from the Queens County Surrogate’s Court in Jamaica, New York. – 723,236 images as of January 9, 2011 – up 22,673 images since 27 December 2011.
Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Ohio – 3,044,539 records as of 28 December 2011.
Ohio County Births 1856-1909 – Imaged Records – Name index and images of county birth records in Ohio. The time period and type of record varies by county – 2,202,319 records and 431,355 images as of 4 January 2012
Ohio County Marriages, 1790-1950 – Name index and images of county marriage records acquired from local courthouses. Currently this collection is 75% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed – 3,126,256 Records and 843,813 images as of 30 December 2011 – up 399,676 records and 247,779 images since 30 March 2011.
South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1943 – Imaged Records – Name index and images of South Carolina death records. Original records created by South Carolina Department of Health. Records are arranged by year and alphabetically by locality. Records from 1915-1943 were acquired from South Carolina Department of Archives and History – 636,445 and 682,995 images as of 31 December, 2011.
Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1934 – Digitized Records – Digital images and index of birth certificates for the state of Texas. Original records at the Vital Statistics Unit of the Texas Department of Health, Austin, Texas – 1,610,439 records as of 28 December, 2011 – up 551,734 records and 1,522,457 images – up 523,442 images since 30 October 2011. 999,015 images as 28 December 2011 – from 394 rolls of film and digital images.
Texas County Marriage Index 1837-1977 – Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas. – 365,805 records as of December 29, 2011 – up 79,137 records since 22 Mar 2011.
Texas 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 – 4,490,272 images as of 29 December 2011.
Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007 – Imaged Records – Images of collections from the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Virginia. The collection include Bible records 1700-1900, Church records, Fredericksburg Death Records, Marriage and Will Records of the Livingston collection, Marriage and obituary indexes, Genealogy papers, and other Miscellaneous records – 918,495 images as of December 28, 2011.
Washington, King County Probate Records 1854-1927 – Imaged Records – This collection is probate records from King County, Washington. The records are arranged in chronological order. This project is being published as images become available – The collection includes Estate files 1861-1893 at this time – 33,530 images as of January 9, 2012.
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