55,000+ Romanian Medieval Documents Digitized

The following excerpt is from Romania-Insider.com:

Over 55,000 medieval documents from Romania have been digitized and compiled…

The database, which can be consulted at arhivamedievala.ro, is the result of a project implemented by the University of Bucharest, in a partnership with the Romanian National Archives, the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca and the National Archives of Norway…

All the documents in the database have been scanned from the Romanian National Archives. Before this, some 1,000 manuscripts were restored.

Around 80% of the documents in the database are in Latin, 10% in Slavonic and Romanian, Digi24.ro reported. The other 10% is in languages such as German, Hungarian, Greek, Turkish or Cyrillic…

Read the full article.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Automobile Registrations for Florida 1905-1917 Digitized & Indexed Online


Every now and then items get posted online that genealogists may not have considered before. In all my years of searching for documentary evidence of my ancestors, I’ve never searched for auto registrations. That just changed!

The following excerpt is from the page for Early Auto Registrations, 1905-1917, located at the Florida Memory website. As most of you know, the site is published by the State Library & Archives of Florida.

This collection contains Florida’s first automobile registrations, which were recorded by the Florida Department of State between 1905 and 1917. Each registration, which was handwritten in a ledger, indicates the name and post office address of the registrant plus the manufacturer, style, horsepower and factory number of the vehicle. Each entry was dated and assigned a unique registration number, which was sent to the registrant on a certificate.

Local historians can use these records to identify the earliest automobile owners in a given Florida community. Genealogists will find them useful for determining whether and where their ancestors may have registered automobiles in Florida during the 1905-1917 period.

Searches can be made by name, county, and automobile type. A screen like that below will come up showing the hits. Click on any name and get a digital image. Click on the image and zoom to read the original document.

Click here to search.

I did a search for anyone by the surname of Canfield and came up with four of them.
Four hits for 3 individuals were found. They were for:

Heth Canfield, of St Augustine. He drove an 18 horsepower Schact dely car (most likely delivery car), registered Oct. 1, 1913

C.G. Canfield, of Ft. Lauderdale. He drove a 30 horsepower Velie touring car, registered April 30, 1914

W.C. Canfield, of St. Petersburg. He drove a 25 horsepower Ford touring car, registered February 25, 1915.

W.C. Canfield, of St. Petersburg. He later drove a 37 horsepower Hudson touring ca, registered November 13, 1916.

See the following illustration.


Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Do you know of any similar databases for old auto registrations? If so, please add a comment about it. I could find none using a Google search. Thanks…

FGS Announces $2 Million Dollar Mark Surpassed for Preserve the P​e​nsions Project

The following is from FGS:


Significant Milestone Reached in Landmark Project Thanks to Donors

January 19, 2016 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the $2 million dollar mark has been surpassed in 2015 with the support of donors in the fundraising efforts to digitize the 7.2 million pension images for the 180,000 pensioners of the War of 1812 in the Preserve the Pensions project.

This is a landmark project. It marks the first time the genealogical community has come together to raise such a significant amount of money to preserve priceless documents. When completed, this project will save tax payers $3.45 million dollars. FGS’ previous successful efforts to index the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System with the help of volunteers produced a $6.3 million dollar tax savings. Hence, these two projects will result in nearly a $10 million dollar savings to tax payers.

“We are deeply appreciative of so many within the family history community who continue to support the Preserve the Pensions project,” says D. Joshua Taylor, FGS President. “This important milestone is the start of the ‘homestretch’ and is evidence of the passion and commitment amongst genealogists to preserve records for the future.”

For every dollar raised, .98 cents goes directly to digitizing the documents. There are no salaries paid for this project—the project costs are primarily to print materials to publicize the project. Additionally, in 2015 the project raised $208,401 in total cash donations. This amount, coupled with the generous match from Ancestry.com, doubled the funds raised to $416,802 bringing the total amount raised for the project thus far to $2,032,198!

With generous donations and continued help in sharing information about the project, significant progress can be made in 2016—possibly completing the fundraising for the project. The images for pensioners with surnames beginning with the letters “A” through “M” have already been posted on the Fold3 website and will remain free forever thanks to donors!

Furthermore, due to record preparation and image capture issues at the archives, there is a delay in the publication of images on the site. It is anticipated that these issues will be resolved quickly and that image publication will resume within the next 60-90 days. There is always a publication preparation delay between record capture and publishing the images online. In the meantime, because of the support of donors, great fundraising progress has been made to complete the project, and further donations can be made on the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions website.

West Virginia Court Records Being Digitized

The following excerpt is from an article by Andrew Brown, written for the Charleston Gazette – and posted May 4, 2015 at govtech.com.

…Since 2013, West Virginia Supreme Court employee Matt Arrowood has been assigned to move the state’s antiquated county court system toward its digital future, where paper copies are a 20th-century notion and lawsuits can be filed with a click of a mouse.

Even as he has suffered through the long drives from courthouse to courthouse, the dark, dank basements of old jails and the company of the snake that took up residence in some of the court records he was saving, Arrowood has successfully moved the state’s 55 county courts one step closer to the computerized era.

In less than two years, Arrowood has brought every county in the state up to speed on scanning and digitally saving new court records, and within the past four months, he’s overseen the adoption of the state’s first e-filing systems in two counties, where lawyers can file motions directly from their computers to the state’s electronic system.

The transformational effort is the result of a recent push by the West Virginia Supreme Court, led by Justice Brent Benjamin, to digitally save and archive all of the state’s court records, starting with present cases but eventually going back over 150 years of legal history…

Read the full article.

My Genealogy Hound Adds Biographies from 7 More Counties

Word has been received that My Genealogy Hound has added Family Biographies from 7 More Counties


The most recent additions include:

  • Montgomery County, Pennsylvania – 1000+ biographies
  • Graves County, Kentucky – 91 biographies
  • Spencer County, Indiana – 344 biographies
  • Crawford County, Arkansas – 222 biographies
  • Fulton County, Kentucky – 114 biographies
  • Clark County, Missouri – 232 biographies
  • Calloway County, Kentucky – 31 biographies

Biographies are also currently being added for Miami County, Ohio; Page County, Iowa; McLean County, Illinois; Knox County, Missouri; and Franklin County, Arkansas. Additional counties are added each week.

This brings the total number of family biographies available to over 17,000 biographies in 122 counties in 10 states: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee. Vintage county maps are also included for a number of states.

All of the biographies can be be easily browsed by family surname or by county and state.

All 27,000+ pages of the website are freely available without cost of any kind.

The My Genealogy Hound website is located at: www.MyGenealogyHound.com

Fire at the Internet Archive’s San Francisco Scanning Center

Internet Archive reading room- ire
Wednesday morning at about 3:30 a.m., a fire got started at the Internet Archive’s San Francisco scanning center. No data was lost, but about $600,000 in high end digitization equipment was destroyed. The scanning building was also badly damaged. According to their blog, no one was hurt. The main building wasn’t affected except for damage to one electrical run. They did lose power to some servers for a while.
Some materials that were being digitized were lost, but they saved about half of the items in their current project because the items were in a separate locked room.

They are looking for monetary donations to help get things back on track.

Read more about the Internet Archive Fire at their blog.

Read another article at abclocal.go.com/kgo.

Kansas State Posts Their Yearbooks on the Internet Archive

The following exceprt is from the October 3, 2012 edition of the kstatecollegian.com:

The Royal Purple, K-State’s yearbook, has become digitized. According to a Sept. 20 university press release, every edition from 1926 to 2009 will now be available online. The print editions are hosted by a free online database available to anyone [the Internet Archive].

The goal of the digitizing project is to make yearbooks that are no longer in print accessible to potential readers. Cliff Hight, university archivist for Hale Library, said the Royal Purple is “one of the most heavily used resources,” from students who email questions about campus history to people who come to Hale Library to examine the books physically.

The digitization will prevent damage to irreplaceable books and will allow multiple people to view the same publication at once instead of having to set a date with the archives to view the books. Hight said the digitization “provides wider access to a broader audience.”

The digitized yearbooks can be viewed at archive.org/details/kansasstateuniversitylibrariesyearbooks, and hard copies of this year’s book and editions from the last 15 years are available for purchase at royalpurple.ksu.edu.

Read the full article.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Mocavo Buys Digitizing Firm, ReadyMicro

The following excerpt is from the September 24, 2012 edition of Boulder County Business Report.

BOULDERMocavo Inc., a Boulder-based startup that is developing a genealogy search engine, announced Friday it has purchased a Utah company and is undergoing a major evolution.

Mocavo, a TechStars 2011 graduate, purchased ReadyMicro, which is based in Orem, Utah. ReadyMicro specializes in digitizing historical records.

Mocavo will continue to operate in Boulder, and employees from ReadyMicro will remain in Utah. The company is hiring at both offices.

The acquisition will allow Mocavo to broaden its reach and expand beyond searches, the company announced on its blog.

Read the full article.

Oldest Estonian Documents Now Available Online

The following excerpt is from an article at the Estonian Public Broadcasting website.

A project to digitize the oldest parchment documents in the country is now complete.

The State Archives, Tallinn City Archive and History Museum led the effort, which started in 2010.

The documents contain information valuable to studying the history of settlement and agriculture in medieval and post-Renaissance Estonia as well as political, military and cultural history, said the institutions.

The oldest written historical sources are on parchment and date from the 13th century, the oldest one of all from 1237: in it, papal legate William of Modena communicates a decree from Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II regarding donations to the church. The original document is in the the Tallinn City Archive’s magistrate’s collection.

The digitized parchment documents are available for public use at http://www.ra.ee/pargamendid/

Read the full article.

A Road Map for State Digital Preservation

The preservation of digital documents is important not only to us, but to our descendents. The Washington State Digital Archives is a great example of how this preservation can be done. Being born and raised in Washington, I’m pretty proud of what they’ve done in this regard. Now I see that the other states are following Washington’s lead.

The following article is courtesy of http://www.govtech.com/policy-management/A-Road-Map-Emerges-for-State-Digital-Preservation.html

Protecting electronic materials for future generations poses new challenges for modern government enterprises. What kinds of digital records should be kept? What’s the best way to manage these archives? How do governments ensure that these historical records remain available to the public? How do governments protect against losing certain records altogether due to possible technical obsolescence of current storage methods?

Government continues to grapple with all these questions, knowing that this unheralded problem is vital to address. In the words of Cal Lee, associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science, a contemporary democracy can’t run without good recordkeeping. “Preserving public records is essential to efficient operations, informed decision-making, providing appropriate services and holding public officials accountable.”

The Library of Congress (LOC) embarked on a program in 2000 to encourage the preservation of modern government records, born digital. Aimed at ensuring continued access to the electronic records of public organizations, the LOC’s Preserving State Government Information initiative hosted a series of workshops across the country, and later awarded grant funding to four separate multi-state projects.

Now that these LOC-funded state efforts have concluded, Lee was asked to review initiative findings and evaluate their applicability to future digital preservation efforts. Earlier this week, he issued his report.

Lee’s consideration of state efforts resulted in several key recommendations. He suggests building on digital record keeping success by involving a broad circle of stakeholders, beyond librarians and archivists. Technical staff and agency subject matter experts, as well as external partners, play an important role as well. In the Executive Summary, the report states that “…the most successful initiatives are those that actively seek connections and collaborations with allied experts and professionals.”

The report also asserts that state efforts should span multiple years to maximize the likelihood of success, as well as allow for many different kinds of participation.

Four Projects Unify Commonly Held Government Data
Each project Lee considered was led by one state, with collaborators from other states and governmental bodies.

The Arizona “PeDALS” (Persistent Digital Archives and Library System) project tested low-cost middleware that connects software and applications to automate the preservation of records. Akin to a digital stacking system, officials at the Arizona State Library wanted to protect the integrity of their original digital publications and court proceedings.

The Minnesota Historical Society sought to organize digital legislative records, including bills, committee reports and floor proceedings. The program captured state legislative data, establishing a common set of metadata tags that could be used across government organizations.

The North Carolina Center for Geographic Information and Analysis aimed to replicate geospatial data due to its multi-faceted historic value. The GeoMAPP (Geospatial Multistate Archive and Preservation Project) examined a content exchange network for geospatial data including aerial images, land records, marine and natural resources.

A multi-state preservation consortium led by the Washington State Archives set up a scalable, interstate archiving system for data including vital records, land ownership and use records, court documents and web-based reports from municipal and state governments.

Bill Lefurgy, digital initiatives project manager for the Library of Congress, acknowledged that although funding going forward may be harder to come by, best practice information provided by the multi-state efforts will be very useful to future efforts.

“I think we’re definitely in a better place than we were five or six years ago, but still there’s a long way to go,” Lefurgy said in a recent interview with Government Technology. “We really wanted to support the development and implementation of some very practical ‘boots on the ground’ kind of activities that they could learn from and then share as broadly as possible.”

Views Vary on Historical Value of Digital Records
Many commonalities exist across state and local government organizations relative to archiving digital records, largely driven by explicitly outlined legal and audit responsibilities. Outside of these obligations, though, deciding which digital data merits preservation is still largely at the discretion of individual agencies.

“It’s pretty much up to individual jurisdictions to make the call as to what they think has value for posterity,” Lefurgy explained.

Lee argues that this variation is appropriate. “Complete uniformity across states isn’t a realistic or useful goal,” he said, asserting that strategies must be tailored to specific needs.

He agrees that the state projects funded by the LOC have provided significant relevant guidance for other states and organizations, including funding models, technical architectures and specific tools that can be leveraged. Lee further recommends that governments’ digital preservation capacity should be able to withstand inevitable fluctuations in political leadership and available funding.

“Digital preservation is a highly dynamic arena, with frequent emergence of new projects, technologies, models and funding opportunities,” Lee said. “Governments must hire talented records professionals, establish dedicated records programs and devote ongoing resources to care for records.”

Lefurgy echoed these sentiments. “It is in the interest of citizens of every state to have some confidence that important materials can be managed and kept available over time,” he said. “I’m hoping it’s an area that gets some more attention going forward.”

WWII European Theater Army Records, 1941-1946 Now at Fold3

The following news release was received from Fold3:

War is waged primarily in battle, yet made possible by operations beyond the battlefield as revealed in the WWII European Theater Army Records, a collection of administrative documents compiled by the U.S. Army’s Historical Division, 1941 through 1946. These records, originally marked secret and confidential, are now available on Fold3.

Created within the European Theater of Operations (ETO) during World War II, these documents are revealing, and often include personal accounts, as in this report of evacuating Allied prisoners of war. Names of soldiers and support personnel are on many of the records, but nowhere more prolific than in the phonebooks for U.S. Forces in Paris. A 1945 directory admonishes users to, “Never mention secret or confidential matters over the telephone,” then lists the names, ranks, addresses, and phone numbers of Paris-based personnel.

Troop provisions were recorded by the Army Exchange Service and include photos of the Coke Shack, beer bars and PX merchandise inside Nissen huts, which are the original British versions of what Americans know as the Quonset hut. To assure prosperity and health of personnel, savings plans were encouraged among the troops, and a quartermaster list index gives us an idea of what items were ordered for the men and women.

The minutes of a 1943 Conference Report account for the new “10 in 1” rations, cemetery beautification, and that General Littlejohn wears “red flannels” to keep warm and conserve heat. Chronologies, often in grid format, were important in keeping everyone informed of what was happening on all fronts, as in this brief account of the 1945 Allied bombing of Dresden.

Censorship files keep tabs on morale, including reports of physical ailments and combat fatigue. There are more pleasant excerpts from the mail of soldiers on R&R, explaining that “fat men are getting fat again and the thin men are doing the same,” as well as an account of how the French Riviera was reserved for enlisted men only.

Explore the ETO Records to discover more about U.S. operations in World War II and how the Army effectively maintained soldiers’ welfare and waged war behind the battle lines.

1000memories Releases ShoeBox for iPhone

1000memories is a social networking site for the organizing, saving, and sharing of your family pictures and stories. The company has recently released ShoeBox, an iPhone application tied directly to their service.

The app allows the user to take “scans” (pictures) of all their paper photographs using the iPhone’s built in camera. The software will automatically recognize the edges and modify the perspective, to account for angles introduced in taking the pictures with the iPhone. The user can then crop, straighten, or rotate pictures. Tags allow the user to add dates, captions, and other information. Photos are saved on both the iPhone as well as the users 1000memories account.

The company claims that the 8 megapixel camera in the latest iPhone 4s is more than sufficient for capturing high-quality backups of all your paper photos. Both the 1000memories service and the ShoeBox app are free; so, even if the quality doesn’t fully live up to expectations, nothing is lost in giving both a try. That assumes, of course, you already have an iPhone.

The app is ompatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.1 or later. Make sure the “i” product you own has a camera. Older touches do not.

Ancestry.com Partners with Historical Society of Pennsylvania

The following News Release was received from Ancestry.com:

Ancestry.com Partners with Historical Society of Pennsylvania to Bring the State’s Rich History Online – Family History Leader Adds Millions of State Birth, Marriage and Death Records to its Pennsylvania Vital Record Collection

PROVO, UTAH – (January 26, 2012) – Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, announced today that it has added over seven million records detailing more than 300 years of Pennsylvanians’ life history spanning from 1593-1908 to its already expansive collection of Pennsylvania state records. Presented in partnership with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, these latest additions cover pivotal years, when the Keystone State was not only growing itself, but contributing to the overall development of the country. This comprehensive collection includes details about the lives of everyday Pennsylvanians as well as those who helped forge the state’s rich historical past, with records for the Hershey family, Benjamin Franklin, John Coltrane and many others.

“Ancestry.com is committed to the continued expansion of our existing collections and increasing the breadth of information for all Americans looking to learn more about their past,” said Josh Hanna, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Ancestry.com. “Pennsylvania was a crucial state during the formation of our country and these records detail the daily lives of its citizenry during these critical years. We look forward to continuing our work with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and allowing people to learn more about this state’s rich past.”

Research conducted by Harris Interactive within the United States revealed that four in five Americans have an interest in learning about their family history and three out of four Americans claim that knowing their family history is important to them.[1] Working with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Ancestry.com is easing the burden of those with Pennsylvania roots who want to learn more about their family history by bringing records that were traditionally created and maintained locally, online. Research that previously required countless hours of time, finances and travel to make discoveries can now be done with the click of a mouse.

As the foundation of family history research, civil vital records – recordings of births, deaths and marriages – serve as an essential tool for the millions of Americans who are beginning or continuing their family history research. The newest vital record additions, containing information from each county in the state of Pennsylvania, include:

  • Pennsylvania, Births, Church and Town Records, 1593-1708: The documents in this database contain records from churches, funeral homes, cemeteries, newspapers, historical societies, as well as personal records and other various sources.
  • Pennsylvania, Naturalizations, 1794-1908: This database contains records created as immigrants applied for U.S. citizenship through Pennsylvania courts. They include petitions for citizenship, certificates of citizenship, court naturalization lists, country of origination and more.

“The Historical Society of Pennsylvania decided to partner with Ancestry.com to make more than seven million of our vital records more accessible to family historians,” said Kim Sajet, president and CEO of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. “Through this partnership, our records will reach millions of people who are searching for their ancestors. The vital records we have posted to Ancestry.com are just a small portion of the genealogical records here at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. We welcome anyone interested in family history to visit our library in Center City Philadelphia.”

These new vital record databases are available to current Ancestry.com subscribers and can be found at www.ancestry.com/vitals. As always, Ancestry.com is free of charge for 14 days to all new users.

About Ancestry.com (www.Ancestry.com)
Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM) is the world’s largest online family history resource, with more than 1.7 million paying subscribers. More than 8 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 30 million family trees containing over 3 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, Ancestry.com offers localized Web sites designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

About the Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Founded in 1824 in Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) is one of the oldest historical societies in the United States. It is home to some 600,000 printed items and more than 21 million manuscript and graphic items. Its unparalleled collections encompass more than 350 years of America’s history—from its 17th-century origins to the contributions of its most recent immigrants. The Historical Society is one of the largest family history libraries in the nation, has preeminent printed collections on Pennsylvania and regional history, and offers superb manuscript collections renowned for their strength in 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century history. The Historical Society’s remarkable holdings together with its educational programming make it one of the nation’s most important special collections libraries: a center of historical documentation and study, education, and engagement.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include our ability to acquire, digitize and make desired content conveniently available to our subscribers. Information concerning additional factors that could cause events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements is contained under the caption “Risk Factors” in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2011, and in discussions in other of our SEC filings. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date and we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements.

[1] This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive via its QuickQuery omnibus product on behalf of Ancestry.com from August 5-9, 2011 among 2,950 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

More New USA Vital Records Data Posted at FamilySearch.org

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.

New York State Census 1875Imaged 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.


Alabama, County Estate Records 1800-1996Imaged 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 1680-1962Imaged 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 1811-1950Digital 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, 1792-1983Digital 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, 1920-1940Imaged 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, 1841-1920Imaged 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, 1820-1935Images 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, 1820-1951Imaged 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, 1682-1956Imaged 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, 1629-1971Imaged 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, 1899-1921Images 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 1856-1909Imaged 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, 1915-1943Imaged 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, 1903-1934Digitized 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, 1607-2007Imaged 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 1854-1927Imaged 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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New State and School Census Data Posted at FamilySearch.org

The following state and school census oriented databases have been added or updated at FamilySearch.org since my last posting made November 26. New data has been added for Alabama, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, and Washington State.

We’ve also updated all five of the GenealogyBlog Online Database Links Files.


Alabama State Census 1855 – Index to the census taken in Alabama in 1855 – 34,978 records as of 12 December 2011.

Alabama State Census 1866 – Index of the 1866 census from Alabama.This census lists head of household and has statistical information about the makeup of the household. In some counties, the records indicate whether there were soldiers in the household who were killed, disabled, or died of sickness – 243,781 records as of 12 December 2011.

Idaho, Minidoka County Records 1913-1961Imaged Records – Marriage, naturalization, land and property, probate, school and military records located at the county courthouse in Rupert. Includes the Minidoka School Census 1909-1952. This collection is being published as images become available – 41,712 images as of 16 December 2011.

School Censuses
Minnesota, Clay County, School Census Records, 1909-1962Imaged Records – Images of school census records arranged by district number – 14,457 images as of 6 December 2011.

Montana, Cascade County Records, 1888-1945Imaged Records – Included under County Court Records are the Great Falls Tax Lists 1891-1895 and 1889, the County Poll Tax index 1891-1898, as well as Tax deed land sold under contract, vol. 1, 1931-1936 and Cascade County School Census Records 1897-1955, by school district number – 408,373 images as of 16 December 2011 – up 342,641 images since 19 August 2011.

Washington State County Records 1885-1950Imaged Records – Collection of various records including official actions, probate records, indexes, etc. The records are from various counties in Washington State, 1885-1950. Included in this collection are School Census Records for Adams county (1912-1932), Columbia County (1912-1932), Lincoln County (1900-1930), Spokane County (1910-1932), Stevens County (1915-1932), and Whitman County (1888-1932), Washington. 1,707,697 images as of 20 December 2011 – up 961,597 records since 23 November 2011!