New Historic Records Databases Added On FamilySearch the Week of November 7 & 14, 2016

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Over 4 million birth, death, census, civil, church, and other indexed records were published and made available the week of November 7 at FamilySearch this week. Find new historical records from South Africa, Peru, Netherlands, Russia, Philippines, and across the United States including Illinois, Iowa, Utah, Alabama, Oregon, South Dakota and Tennessee.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

BillionGraves Index – 313,368 – 313,368 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Netherlands Archival Indexes Miscellaneous Records – 939 – 0 – New indexed records collection

Peru Puno Civil Registration 1890-2005 – 8 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Philippines Manila Civil Registration 1899-1984 – 252,908 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939 – 0 – 426,296 – Added images to an existing collection

South Africa Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records 1848-1956 – 317,868 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

UNTTED STATES DATABASES

Alabama Census of Confederate Veterans 1907, 1921, 1927 – 0 – 13,710 – New browsable image collection.

Illinois Archdiocese of Chicago Cemetery Records 1864-1989 – 1,921,208 – 1,623,555 – New indexed records and images collection

Iowa Delayed Birth Records 1850-1939 – 540,796 – 419,728 – New indexed records and images collection

Iowa Death Records 1921-1940 – 516,904 – 475,273 – New indexed records and images collection

Oregon Births 1860-1952 – 12,923 – 0 – New indexed records collection

South Dakota School Records 1879-1970 – 59,241 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Tennessee Birth Records (ER Series) 1908-1912 – 212,545 – 213,127 – New indexed records and images collection

Utah Birth Certificates 1903-1914– 29 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Items Added the Week Of November 14, 2016

Check out the astounding 11.8 million new records from the New York Passenger List indexes! Also, more immigration records and other historic records were recently published in American Samoa, Brazil, Chile, Peru, South Africa, Venezuela, and the United States. Many thanks go to the diligent indexers around the world for completing these projects.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

American Samoa Passenger Lists and Travel Documents 1918-1965 – 0 – 6,563 – New browsable image collection.

Brazil Pernambuco Civil Registration 1804-2014 – 272,691 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Chile Civil Registration 1885-1903 – 1,792,848 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Peru Lambayeque Civil Registration 1873-1998 – 168 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Peru Amazonas Civil Registration 1939-1998 – 32,618 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Peru La Libertad Civil Registration 1903-1998 – 189,810 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

South Africa Cape Province Kimberley Probate Records of the Supreme Court 1871-1937 – 148,844 – 96,578 – New indexed records and images collection

Venezuela Diocese of San Cristóbal Catholic Church Records 1601-1962 – 688,583 – 128,484 – New indexed records and images collection

United States Databases

California Chinese Partnerships and Departures from San Francisco 1893-1943 – 54,617 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Maine J. Gary Nichols Cemetery Collection ca. 1780-1999 – 1,815 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Massachusetts Index to Boston Passenger Lists 1848-1891 – 24,002 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists 1906-1942 – 11,883,075 – 748,065 – New indexed records and images collection

New York Rouses Point and Waddington Crew Lists 1954-1956 – 4,158 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

North Carolina World War I Service Cards 1917-1919 – 92,649 – 92,578 – New indexed records and images collection

Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection 1947-2010 – 0 – 5,996 – Added images to an existing collection

Rhode Island Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1630-1945 – 0 – 198,109 – Added images to an existing collection

Washington Applications for Enrollment and Adoption of Washington Indians 1911-1919 – 51,169 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

West Virginia Naturalization Records 1814-1991 – 717 – 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.

Find A Grave Could Be Better

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Amy Johnson Crowe recently posted one of the best blogs I’ve seen for a while. She explains how we all love Find a Grave, but since the “numbers” of memorial pages that folks make are posted, there are people who post for the numbers – and family members may not get a chance to make the initial memorial as they should have. Following is a teaser from her blog. The blog is detailed, and gives examples. The comments GO ON FOREVER! You can tell that the blog hit a nerve within the genealogical community.

Anyone who makes a free FindAGrave account can add memorial pages. This allows people to add tombstones they come across in their cemetery explorations as well as adding memorials for any deceased individual.

What’s good about this is that we now have a resource filled with information and photographs that we didn’t have before. We also have a way to request photos of tombstones. (Even if you can’t see it in person, there is something special about seeing your ancestor’s tombstone.)

What’s bad about this is that some people have turned it into a numbers game. They feel the need to have the most memorials and be the first to create a memorial (even before the family has an opportunity). This leads to incomplete memorials and family members feeling hurt.

Read the full blog.

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.

The Monumental Archive Project – An Open Platform for Recording Historic Cemeteries

The following is from a blog posted at The Monumental Archive Project website, announcing their official launch.

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The Monumental Archive Project was established to act as an open platform for historic cemeteries research to address issues of accessibility and sustainability, whilst also stimulating creativity and collaboration.About

It has been a year in the making and is still in the beginning stages. It is being launched with one collection of more than 20 locations in Barbados, with more than 2000 monuments. From here, it is hoped that the collection will grow, and that users will also share their results, their tips, their ideas.

You can search the archives, you can download the entire file, you can explore them through maps, you can learn about the individual sites or churchyards. This blog will act as a space for discussion and guest blogs about individual research experiences, ideas and tips.

Read the full blog.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Reburying the Dead in Flood-Ravaged Louisiana

The following excerpts are from an article August 20, 2016 at the chieftain.com website.

ST. AMANT, La. — Louisiana continues to dig itself out from devastating floods, with search parties going door to door looking for survivors or bodies trapped by flooding so powerful in some cases it disturbed the dead and sent caskets floating from cemeteries.

In a uniquely Louisiana problem, some families are also trying to rebury relatives whose caskets were unearthed by the floods.

At least 15 cemeteries across seven parishes have had disruptions, the Louisiana Dept. of Health reported, although they don’t yet have an estimate of how many graves, tombs, and vaults have been damaged.

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Heroes’ Memorials Demanded for Czech Assassins of Holocaust Chief

The following teaser is from an article posted August 21, 2016 at theguardian.com:

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The assassination of Reinhard Heydrich is recognised as one of the most audacious operations of the second world war. But Ján Kubiš and Josef Gabcík, the two British-trained Czechoslovak paratroopers credited with killing one of Hitler’s most fanatical henchmen and chief mastermind of the Holocaust, are believed to be buried in Prague in an unmarked grave.

Now campaigners are calling on the Czech Republic to rescue their remains from obscurity and give them the burial they deserve. The pair are believed to lie in Ďáblice cemetery in Prague in a common plot also used to bury executed Nazis and wartime collaborators. The spot is close to where thousands of political prisoners killed under Czechoslovakia’s former communist regime are thought to be buried.

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Old Jewish Cemetery in Vilnius, Lithuania Under State Protection

The following excerpt is from the August 9, 2016 edition of the Baltic Times.

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An old Jewish cemetery in Vilnius has been registered among cultural objects protected by the state, under a decree signed by Lithuania’s Culture Minister Sarunas Birutis on Friday.

Data provided by the Jewish Community of Lithuania indicates that the old Jewish cemetery on Olandu Street was used from 1828 to 1940, with about 70,000 individuals buried there. The cemetery was demolished during Soviet rule between 1961 and 1963.

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Teens tipped over headstones at 175-year-old Michigan cemetery

The following teaser is from an article posted on clickondetroit.com

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Teens tipped over headstones at 175-year-old Michigan cemetery ‘because they were bored’

GENEVA TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Authorities say three teenagers have confessed to tipping over and damaging more than 30 headstones at a cemetery in southwestern Michigan.

The Van Buren County sheriff’s department says in a statement that two 15-year-old boys and a 13-year-old girl told deputies they tipped headstones at Lacota Cemetery in Geneva Township on March 19 “for fun and because they were bored.”

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Savannah State University Plans to Build on a Cemetery

The following teaser is from an article posted at 11alive.com:

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A public hearing is planned to consider concerns about Savannah State University’s plans to build a science and technology center on the site of an old cemetery.

The Savannah Morning News reports that the area was part of the Placentia Plantation Colored Cemetery a century ago.

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Read a more extensive article titled “Savannah State University seeks to build over abandoned cemetery” at http://savannahnow.com/

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update for February 16 & 22, 2016

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You will find new marriage records from Kansas and Maryland this week along with England Devon Bishop’s Transcripts 1558-1887, England Lancashire Oldham Cemetery Registers 1797-2004, and United States World War II Prisoners of War 1941-1945. I’ve also included updates from February 16 on the following list. Check out all of the marriage records from a variety of states, including New York, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio. Other highlights include New York New York Index to Alien Crewmen Who Were Discharged or Who Deserted 1917-1957, California San Francisco Airplane Arrival Card Index 1936-1949, Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1734-1920, and New Zealand Auckland Waikumete Cemetery Records 1886-1943. Find these and more by following the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

California San Francisco Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving 1954- 1957 – 375,314 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
England Devon Bishop’s Transcripts 1558-1887 – 256,201 – 93,511 – New indexed records and images collection
England Lancashire Oldham Cemetery Registers 1797-2004 – 481,340 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Indiana Gary and East Chicago Crew Lists 1945-1956 – 17,094 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Kansas County Marriages 1855-1911 – 148,676 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Maryland Marriages 1666-1970 – 96,638 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Massachusetts Delayed and Corrected Vital Records 1753-1900 – 31,701 – 11,788 – New indexed records and images collection
United States World War II Prisoners of War 1941-1945 – 143,374 – 0 – New indexed records collection

BillionGraves Index – 227,783 – 227,783 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Canada British Columbia Marriage Registrations 1859-1932; 1937-1938 – 6,123 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
California San Francisco Airplane Arrival Card Index 1936-1949 – 22,858 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
England and Wales Census 1861 – 2,504,271 – 111,092 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
England Durham Diocese Marriage Bonds & Allegations 1692-1900 – 35,079 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Florida and South Carolina Airplane Arrival Manifests 1944-1945 – 0 – 127 – New browsable image collection.
Florida Knights Keys Passenger Lists 1908-1912 – 5,399 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Honduras Civil Registration 1841-1968 – 0 – 609 – Added images to an existing collection
Idaho Birth Index 1861-1911 – 60,430 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Idaho Death Certificates 1938-1961 – 118,152 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Illinois Cook County Deaths 1878-1994 – 3,732,138 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Indiana Marriages 1811-2007 – 276,945 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Bergamo Civil Registration (State Archive) 1866-1901 – 6,965 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Caltanissetta Civil Registration (State Archive) 1820-1935 – 78,629 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Grosseto Civil Registration (State Archive) 1851-1907 – 113,690 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Modena Civil Registration (State Archive) 1806-1942 – 67,474 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Prato Civil Registration (State Archive) 1866-1923 – 7,183 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Reggio Calabria Civil Registration (State Archive) 1784-1943 – 0 – 2,143,899 – Added images to an existing collection
Italy Viterbo Civil Registration (State Archive) 1870-1943 – 90,051 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Kansas County Marriages 1855-1911 – 311,857 – 2,333 – Added images to an existing collection
Kansas Marriages 1811-1911 – 185,068 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Liberia Marriage Records 1941-1974 – 24,625 – 24,406 – New browsable image collection.
Louisiana Parish Marriages 1837-1957 – 46,810 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Maine Crew List Arriving at Eastport 1949-1958 – 7,239 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Maryland County Marriages 1658-1940 – 53,762 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Minnesota County Marriages 1860-1949 – 570,213 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Mississippi Tippah County Marriages 1858-1979 – 19,583 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Missouri County Marriage Naturalization and Court Records 1800-1991 – 57,837 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New York County Marriages 1847-1848; 1908-1936 – 252,052 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New York New York Index to Alien Crewmen Who Were Discharged or Who Deserted 1917-1957 – 1,270,298 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island) 1891-1924 – 0 – 3,243,611 – New browsable image collection.
New York Passenger Lists 1820-1891 – 30,480 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New Zealand Auckland Waikumete Cemetery Records 1886-1943 – 0 – 971 – New browsable image collection.
North Carolina County Marriages 1762-1979 – 1,796 – 1,796 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
North Dakota Manifests of Immigrant Arrivals 1910-1952 – 11,631 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ohio County Marriages 1789-2013 – 92,719 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ohio Washington County Court Records 1810-1930 – 0 – 6,421 – Added images to an existing collection
Oklahoma County Marriages 1890-1995 – 126,532 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ontario Births 1869-1910 – 125,109 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Pennsylvania Crew Lists arriving at Erie 1952-1957 – 44,119 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Áncash Civil Registration 1888-2005 – 0 – 3,146 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Cajamarca Civil Registration 1938-1996 – 0 – 3,175 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Civil Registration (National) 1945-1984 – 180,213 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Poland Radom Roman Catholic Church Books 1587-1966 – 1,884 – 62 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Portugal Portalegre Catholic Church Records 1859-1911 – 4,441 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
South Africa Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive) 1838- 1991 – 48,422 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Spain Province of Cádiz Municipal Records 1784-1956 – 0 – 57 – Added images to an existing collection
Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1734-1920 – 0 – 189,353 – Added images to an existing collection
Utah County Marriages 1887-1937 – 337,714 – 124,465 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Venezuela Archdiocese of Mérida Catholic Church Records 1654-2013 – 0 – 405,819 – Added images to an existing collection

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update for January 4, 2016

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This week showcases sizable additions to collections for Italy L’Aquila Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865 1911-1943, and Italy Udine Civil Registration (State Archive) 1806-1815 1871-1911, Colombia Catholic Church Records 1576-2014 and, South Africa Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive) 1838- 1991. Find these and more by following the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Austria Upper Austria Catholic Church Records 1581-1919 – 39,213 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Colombia Catholic Church Records 1576-2014 – 1,355,484 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Germany Baden Church Book Duplicates 1800-1870 – 27,020 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Italy L’Aquila Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865 1911-1943 – 63,630 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Italy Udine Civil Registration (State Archive) 1806-1815 1871-1911 – 252,037 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

South Africa Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive) 1838- 1991 – 0 – 140,942 – New browsable image collection.

BillionGraves Index – 283,072 – 283,072 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

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Alaska Vital Records 1816-1959 – 57,479 – 77,968 – New indexed records and images collection.

New Hampshire Death Records 1654-1947 – 0 – 1,460 – Added images to an existing collection.

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of November 17, 2015

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Nearly half a million more free records were added to the Billion Graves Index this week. Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939 , Minnesota Duluth and Wisconsin Superior Crew Lists 1922-1958, Poland Evangelical Church Books 1700-2005, and the US Freedmen’s Bureau Hospital and Marriage Records also have significant additions. For these and more, follow the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

BillionGraves Index – 471,375 – 471,375 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
California Immigration Registers of Japanese Filipinos and Hawaiians at San Francisco 1928-1942 – 9,385 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Guam Passenger and Crew Lists 1947-1952 – 8,127 – 663 – New indexed records and images collection
Maine Bath Seamen’s Proofs of Citizenship 1833-1868 – 3,555 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Michigan Crew Lists for various ports 1929-1966 – 163,256 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Minnesota Duluth and Wisconsin Superior Crew Lists 1922-1958 – 208,667 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Poland Evangelical Church Books 1700-2005 – 0 – 168,622 – New browsable image collection.
Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939 – 0 – 897,183 – Added images to an existing collection
United States Freedmen’s Bureau Hospital and Medical Records 1865-1872 – 132,483 – 41,496 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

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Workers Discover 19th Century Burial Vault Under New York City’s Washington Square Park

An unexpected burial vault came to light under the famed Washington Square Park in New York City a few days ago. Once a potter’s field, thousands of folks are buried in the park. Following is a teaser from the November 5, 2015 edition of Newsday.

A large pile of disarticulated human skeletal remains was found under Washington Square Park by workers from a contractor with the New York City Department of Design and Construction, officials said on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Photo Credit: NYC Department of Design and Construction
A large pile of disarticulated human skeletal remains was found under Washington Square Park.

Workers upgrading century-old water mains under Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village this week made a surprising and grisly discovery: a burial vault dating back to the 19th century with a large pile of skeletal remains.

The vault, which is about 8 feet deep, 15 feet wide and 20 feet long, contained the remains of more than a dozen people, according to officials of the city’s Department of Design and Construction. A contractor excavated the site, and archaeologists and anthropologists will be working there to gather more information, officials said Wednesday.

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Free Cemetery Records Databases at AmericanAncestors.org October 30 through November 7, 2015

The following was received from NEHGS:

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October 30, 2015 — Boston, Massachusetts — “Your ancestors have been dying for you to uncover them. NEHGS has opened the cemetery gates so you can start digging!”

Just in time for the Halloween celebrations and to add some fun to ancestral research this holiday, AmericanAncestors.org and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) have made their complete collection of American cemetery databases accessible for FREE to guest users on their data-rich website.

The collection of more than 100 databases comprising more than one million records is accessible FREE from Friday, October 30, through midnight on Saturday, November 7. The collection includes cemetery transcriptions from New England and other states and was compiled from many different sources to create a unique group of cemetery offerings.

Registration at AmericanAncestors.org is required as a FREE Guest Member to gain access to these valuable resources. Guest User accounts allow web visitors to use a limited suite of databases on AmericanAncestors.org and to access web content such as making purchases from the NEHGS online store. Unlimited access to more than one billion online records on the website and to other benefits is through membership at NEHGS.
Family historians may start digging for their ancestors in these historic American cemeteries at: http://www.americanancestors.org/free-cemetery-databases.

The cemetery databases included in this special offering and FREE Access event are:

  • American Jewish Historical Society – New England Archives: Jewish Cemeteries in Massachusetts
  • Boston, MA: Old Cemeteries of Boston
  • Brooklyn, NY: Cemetery Inscriptions, 1686-1882
  • Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections
  • Charleston, SC: Inscriptions in Old Jewish Cemeteries, 1762-1903
  • Dedham, MA: Church and Cemetery Records 1638-1845
  • Gloucester, MA: Burials in Gloucester Cemeteries
  • New York: Long Island Cemetery Inscriptions, 1652-1910
  • North Andover, MA: Burials in Ridgewood Cemetery, 1848-1950
  • Northampton, MA: West Farms Cemetery
  • Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Database Index
  • Sharon, MA: Sharon Memorial Park Cemetery
  • Sterling, MA: Leg Cemetery Records
  • Westbrook, CT: Cemetery Inscriptions
  • Western Massachusetts: Jewish Cemeteries of Western Massachusetts

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The founding genealogical society in America, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) was established in 1845. Today it has a national collecting scope and serves more than 130,000 constituents through an award-winning website, AmericanAncestors.org.

NEHGS’s resources, expertise, and service are unmatched in the field, and their leading staff of on-site and online genealogists includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, Italian, Atlantic and French Canadian, African American, Native American, Chinese, and Jewish research. The NEHGS library and archive, located at 99–101 Newbury Street in downtown Boston, is home to more than 28 million items, including artifacts, documents, records, journals, letters, books, manuscripts, and other items dating back hundreds of years.