FamilySearch Databases Added or Updated October 21, 2017 through Feb 8, 2018

The following databases were added or updated at FamilySearch.org between October 21, 2017 and February 8, 2018. We’ve sorted the following linked listing so you can check out your country or U.S. state of interest quickly and easily.
DATABASE TITLE – NUMBER OF RECORDS – DATE LAST UPDATED

BillionGraves Index – 23,526,507 – 30 Jan 2018
Find A Grave Index– 165,091,160 – 14 Dec 2017

ARGENTINA
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983 – 771,973 – 01 Dec 2017
Argentina, Santa Fe, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1975 – 841,173 – 08 Feb 2018

AUSTRALIA
Australia Cemetery Inscriptions, 1802-2005 – 886,238 – 24 Jan 2018
Australia, South Australia, Immigrants Ship Papers, 1849-1940 – 201,371 – 05 Feb 2018

AUSTRIA
Austria, Vienna Population Cards, 1850-1896 – 601,449 – 08 Feb 2018
Austria, Vienna, Jewish Registers of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1784-1911 – 44,952 – 25 Jan 2018
Austria, Upper Austria, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1919 – 103,797 – 06 Feb 2018

BELGIUM
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912 – 183,471 – 24 Jan 2018

BOLIVIA
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 – 1,226,920 – 13 Dec 2017

BRAZIL
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Catholic Church Records, 1706-1999 – 85,445 – 18 Dec 2017
Brazil, Paraíba, Civil Registration, 1879-2007 – 1,950,205 – 18 Dec 2017
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014 – 6,477,039 – 21 Dec 2017
Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2014 – 1,811,273 – 22 Dec 2017
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012 – 878,042 – 18 Dec 2017
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1977 – 338,943 – 26 Jan 2018

CANADA
Canada, British Columbia, Victoria Times Birth, Marriage and Death Notices, 1901-1939 – 98,461 – 30 Oct 2017
Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922 – 3,907,325 – 30 Oct 2017

CAPE VERDE
Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957 – 104,262 – 08 Feb 2018

COLOMBIA
Colombia, Diocese of Barranquilla, Catholic Church Records, 1808-1985 – 171,436 – 16 Jan 2018
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2014 – 2,614,172 – 29 Jan 2018

COSTA RICA
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975 – 3,988,210 – 05 Feb 2018

CROATIA
Croatia, Delnice Deanery Catholic Church Books, 1725-1926 – 123,632 – 23 Oct 2017

CZECH REPUBLIC
Czech Republic Censuses and Inhabitant Registers, 1800-1990 – 2,316 – 26 Jan 2018
Czech Republic Church Books, 1552-1963 167,263 31 Oct 2017

DENMARK
Denmark Church Records, 1484-1941 – 18,657,995 – 11 Nov 2017
Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages, 1739-1964, Index 1877-1964 – 168,521 – 30 Jan 2018
Denmark, Military Conscription Rolls, 1789-1792 – 74,156 – 17 Jan 2018
Denmark Census, 1911 – 2,792,790 – 07 Dec 2017
Denmark Census, 1916 – 2,964,499 – 07 Dec 2017
Denmark Census, 1921 – 3,356,935 – 20 Nov 2017
Denmark Census, 1925 – 3,627,893 – 30 Nov 2017
Denmark Census, 1834 – Browse Images – 28 Nov 2017
Denmark Census, 1835 – 282,207 – 17 Nov 2017
Denmark Census, 1840 – 1,611,062 – 30 Nov 2017
Denmark Census, 1845 – 1,671,252 – 20 Nov 2017
Denmark Census, 1850 – 1,301,602 – 18 Nov 2017
Denmark Census, 1855 – 1,733,541 – 17 Nov 2017

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010 – 572,845 – 21 Dec 2017

ECUADOR
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 – 1,923,493 – 31 Jan 2018

EL SALVADOR
El Salvador Civil Registration, 1704-2001 – 1,071,211 – 18 Jan 2018

ENGLAND
England, Cambridgeshire Bishop’s Transcripts, 1599-1860 – 182,070 – 31 Oct 2017
England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010 – 840,334 – 02 Feb 2018
England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918 – 2,215,752 – 16 Jan 2018
England, Devon Bishop’s Transcripts, 1558-1887 – 379,189 – 09 Dec 2017
England, Essex Parish Registers, 1538-1997 – 1,455,084 – 30 Oct 2017
England, Hampshire Parish Registers, 1538-1980 – 587,689 – 09 Dec 2017
England, Hampshire Bishop’s Transcripts 1680-1892 – 849,707 – 08 Dec 2017
England, Lincolnshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1990 – 1,364,635 – 09 Dec 2017
England, Manchester, Parish Registers, 1603-1910 – 1,782,418 – 30 Oct 2017
England, Rutland Parish Registers, 1538-1991 – 326,083 – 26 Jan 2018
England, Surrey Parish Registers, 1536-1992 – 2,103,418 – 11 Dec 2017
England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1984 – 2,511,778 – 17 Jan 2018

FRANCE
France, Finistère, Quimper et Léon Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1772-1894 – 144,505 – 13 Dec 2017
France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Church Records, 1539-1793 – 23,702 – 03 Jan 2018
France, Protestant church records, 1536-1897 – 146,138 – 27 Dec 2017
France, Saône-et-Loire, Census, 1856 – 577,784 – 09 Nov 2017
France, Saône-et-Loire, recensements de la population, 1876 – 692,910 – 03 Nov 2017

FRENCH POLYNESIA
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1843-1999 – 22,602 – 25 Jan 2018

GERMANY
Germany, Baden, Church Book Duplicates, 1800-1870 – 92,186 – 03 Nov 2017
Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1900 – 1,249,431 – 09 Nov 2017

GHANA
Ghana Census, 1984 – 1,432,819 – 28 Dec 2017

GREAT BRITAIN
Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935 – 21,846 – 13 Nov 2017

GUATEMALA
Guatemala Civil Registration, 1877-2008 – 853,234 – 19 Dec 2017

HONDURAS
Honduras, Civil Registration, 1841-1968 – 377,510 – 06 Nov 2017

IRELAND
Ireland Civil Registration, 1845-1913 – 389,073 – 05 Jan 2018

ITALY
Italy, Benevento, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1810-1942 – 327,354 – 20 Dec 2017
Italy, Chieti, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1930 – 339,924 – 24 Oct 2017
Italy, Modena, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1942 – 317,276 – 21 Dec 2017
Italy, Padova, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1621-1936 – 43,158 – 27 Nov 2017
Italy, Reggio Calabria, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1784-1943 – 108,490 – 26 Jan 2018
Italy, Rieti, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1840-1945 – 136,292 – 21 Dec 2017
Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1865 – 710,095 – 14 Dec 2017
Italy, Teramo, Teramo, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1940 – 15,153 – 19 Dec 2017
Italy, Viterbo, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1870-1943 – 90,219 – 20 Dec 2017

JAMAICA
Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880-1999 – 3,787,186 – 29 Jan 2018

LESOTHO
Lesotho, Evangelical Church Records, 1828-2005 – 25,991 – 25 Jan 2018

LIBERIA
Liberia, Marriage Records, 1912-2015 – 35,699 – 10 Jan 2018

LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1796-1941 – 55,668 – 25 Jan 2018

MEXICO
Mexico, Distrito Federal, Civil Registration, 1832-2005 – 1,452,770 – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Yucatán, Civil Registration, 1860-2005 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Zacatecas, Civil Registration, 1860-2000 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Veracruz, Civil Registration, 1821-1949 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Tlaxcala, Civil Registration, 1867-1950 – 71,577 – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Tamaulipas, Civil Registration, 1800-2002 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Sonora, Civil Registration, 1861-1995 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Civil Registration, 1859-2000 – 441,108 – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Oaxaca, Civil Registration, 1861-2002 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Puebla, Civil Registration, 1861-1930 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Querétaro, Civil Registration, 1864-2005 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Jalisco, Civil Registration, 1857-2000 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Nuevo León, Civil Registration, 1859-1962 – Browse Image – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Nayarit, Civil Registration, 1868-2001 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Morelos, Civil Registration, 1861-1920 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, México, Civil Registration, 1861-1941 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Michoacán, Civil Registration, 1859-1940 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Hidalgo, Civil Registration, 1861-1967 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Guanajuato, Civil Registration, 1862-1930 – Browse Images – 16 Jan 2018
Mexico, Guerrero, Civil Registration, 1860-1996 – 267,298 -16 Jan 2018
Mexico, Durango, Civil Registration, 1861-1995 – Browse Images – 16 Jan 2018
Mexico, Colima, Civil Registration, 1860-1997 – Browse Images – 16 Jan 2018
Mexico, Coahuila, Civil Registration, 1861-1998 – 180,700 – 16 Jan 2018
Mexico, Chiapas, Civil Registration, 1861-1990 – Browse Images – 16 Jan 2018
Mexico, Chihuahua, Civil Registration, 1861-1997 – 136,986 – 16 Jan 2018
Mexico, Campeche, Civil Registration, 1860-1926 – Browse Images – 16 Jan 2018
Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Civil Registration, 1860-2004 – Browse Images – 16 Jan 2018
Mexico, Aguascalientes, Civil Registration, 1859-1961 – 96,523 – 16 Jan 2018
Mexico, Quintana Roo, Civil Registration, 1866-1902 – Browse Images – 16 Jan 2018

NAMIBIA
Namibia, Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1904-1984 – 116,001 – 13 Dec 2017

NETHERLANDS
Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Population Registers – 14,301,346 – 23 Jan 2018
Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Public Records – 481,583 – 19 Jan 2018
Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Vital Records – 36,643,950 – 14 Nov 2017
Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950 – 671,262 – 06 Feb 2018

NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand, Civil Records Indexes, 1800-1966 – 809,823 – 04 Jan 2018

PANAMA
Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973 – 491,966 – 29 Jan 2018

PERU
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 – 929,783 – 21 Dec 2017
Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1999 – 97,947 – 26 Jan 2018
Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1888-2005 – 224 – 18 Dec 2017
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 – 750,897 – 15 Nov 2017
Peru, Diocese of Huacho, Catholic Church Records, 1560-1952 – 503,764 – 19 Dec 2017
Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1881-2005 – 391,558 – 04 Dec 2017
Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903-1998 – 1,536,195 – 18 Dec 2017
Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 – 4,172,034 – 16 Jan 2018
Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890-2005 – 1,263,727 – 26 Oct 2017

PHILIPPINES
Philippines, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899-1984 – 2,847,719 – 04 Jan 2018

PORTUGAL
Portugal, Coimbra, Civil Registration, 1893-1980 – 66,833 – 16 Jan 2018
Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records, 1859-1911 – 9,781 – 17 Jan 2018
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 – 37,110 – 02 Jan 2018

RUSSIA
Russia, Karelia Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1782-1858 – Browse Images – 25 Jan 2018
Russia, Samara Church Books, 1779-1923 – 1,836,325 – 30 Jan 2018

SLOVENIA
Slovenia, Ljubljana, Funeral Accounts, 1937-1970 – 9,718 – 10 Jan 2018

SLOVAKIA
Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1935 – 13,867,588 – 02 Feb 2018

SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa, Cape Province, Kimberley, Probate Records of the Supreme Court, 1871-1937 – 158,938 – 24 Jan 2018
South Africa, Cape Province, Probate Records of the Master of the High Court, 1834-1989 – 332,347 – 24 Jan 2018
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (Stellenbosch Archive), 1690-2011 – 31,179 – 17 Jan 2018
South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Deaths, 1863-1955 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
South Africa, Register of Slaves, 1762-1838 – Browse Images – 08 Jan 2018

SPAIN
Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1387-1986 – 913,381 – 25 Jan 2018
Spain, Diocese of Cartagena, Catholic Church Records, 1503-1969 – 74,313 – 18 Jan 2018

SWEDEN
Sweden, Göteborg och Bohus Church Records, 1577-1932; index 1659-1860 – Browse Images – 04 Jan 2018
Sweden, Household Examination Books, 1880 – 1920 – 37,110,663 – 02 Jan 2018
Sweden, Kopparberg Church Records, 1604-1900; index 1628-1860 – 30,577 – 04 Jan 2018
Sweden, Kronoberg Church Records, 1589-1921; index 1612-1860 – 70,984 – 31 Oct 2017
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 – 267,236 – 25 Jan 2018
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 – 376,844 – 29 Nov 2017
Sweden, Västernorrland Church Records, 1501-1940; index 1650-1860 – 38,185 – 04 Jan 2018

UKRAINE
Ukraine, Western Ukraine Catholic Church Book Duplicates, 1600-1937 – 164,902 – 06 Dec 2017

UNITED KINGDOM
British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices – 2,635,047 – 06 Nov 2017

URUGUAY
Uruguay, Civil Registration Index Card, 1900-1937 – 2,233,093 – 14 Nov 2017

VENEZUELA
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2015 – 596,635 – 02 Jan 2018
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 – 684,641 – 18 Jan 2018

UNITED STATES DATABASES
Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950 – 2,033,505 – 13 Nov 2017
California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994 – 777,005 – 18 Jan 2018
Delaware Vital Records, 1650-1974 – 836,573 – 08 Dec 2017
Delaware Marriages and Marriage Licenses, 1683-1894 – 5,490 – 02 Nov 2017
Florida State Census, 1935 – 1,599,085 – 02 Feb 2018
Georgia, Reconstruction Registration Oath Books, 1867-1868 – 174,149 – 18 Jan 2018
Georgia, Fulton County Records from the Atlanta History Center, 1827-1955 – 73,366 – 01 Dec 2017
Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940 – 3,231,003 – 08 Dec 2017
Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994 – 7,023,783 – 01 Dec 2017
Illinois Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880 – 97,928 – 31 Oct 2017
Kansas State Census, 1915 – Browse Images – 21 Dec 2017
Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1905-1913, 1955-1963 – 54,367 – 21 Dec 2017
Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921 – 2,048,825 – 29 Nov 2017
Maryland, Baltimore, Lock Funeral Home Records, 1936-2007 – Browse Images – 25 Jan 2018
Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915 – 3,817,626 – 31 Jan 2018
Massachusetts, Naturalization Records, 1906-1917 – Browse Images – 10 Jan 2018
Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006 – 6,897,553 – 08 Dec 2017
Missouri State and Territorial Census Records, 1732-1933 – 109,803 – 18 Jan 2018
Nevada County Birth and Death Records, 1871-1992 – Browse Images – 19 Jan 2018
New Hampshire, United States Naturalization Records, 1906-1993 – Browse Images – 18 Jan 2018
New Jersey State Census, 1915 – 2,785,409 – 23 Jan 2018
New Jersey State Census, 1895 – 1,484,097 – 17 Nov 2017
New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906-1942 – 13,611,543 – 16 Jan 2018
New York State Census, 1905 – 7,513,232 – 22 Dec 2017
New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924 – 24,412,751 – 22 Oct 2017
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1882 – 489,494 – 02 Feb 2018
Ohio, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1977 – 730,958 – 07 Feb 2018
Ohio Soldier Home Records, 1888-1919– 10,103 – 24 Oct 2017
Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965 – 1,724,715 – 30 Jan 2018
Texas, Comanche County Records, 1858-1955 – 30,993 – 08 Dec 2017
Utah, Birth Certificates, 1903-1914 – 112,345 – 25 Jan 2018
Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847-1868 – 60,056 – 17 Jan 2018
Washington, Soldier Home Records, 1891-1945 – 13,061 – 24 Oct 2017

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 – 34,168,493 – 27 Dec 2017

American Samoa, Passenger Lists and Travel Documents, 1918-1965 – Browse Images – 05 Jan 2018

United States, Virgin Islands Index to Passenger Arrivals, 1906-1947 – Browse Images – 18 Jan 2018

United States, Native American, Eastern Cherokee Indian Reservation Rolls, 1848-1970 – Browse Images – 26 Jan 2018

United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925 – 1,614,325 – 26 Jan 2018

United States Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783 – 1,557,656 – 24 Jan 2018
United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783– 633,566 – 24 Jan 2018

Databases Posted at FamilySearch May 1 through June 1, 2017

The following databases were published or updated at FamilySearch between May 1 and June 1 2017:

Title – Number of Indexed Records – Last Updated

Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983 – 601,470 – 30 May 2017
Canada, New Brunswick, Saint John, Burial Permits, 1889-1919 – 28,555 – 17 May 2017
Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015 – 251,775 – 10 May 2017
Cook Islands, Civil Registration, 1846-1989 – Browse Images – 03 May 2017
Czech Republic, School Registers, 1799-1953 – Browse Images – 03 May 2017
Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages, 1739-1964, Index 1877-1964 – 85,071 – 12 May 2017
El Salvador Civil Registration, 1704-1990 – 875,969 – 02 May 2017
France, Dordogne, Censuses, 1856 – 530,703 – 16 May 2017
Germany, Saxony-Anhalt, Halberstadt Kreisarchiv, Ahnenpäße (Ancestor Passports) – Browse Images – 18 May 2017
Italy, La Spezia, Catholic Church Records, 1838-1857 – Browse Images – 22 May 2017
Mexico, Tabasco, Catholic Church Records, 1803-1970 – 30,805 – 23 May 2017
Namibia, Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1956-1984 – 29,076 – 23 May 2017
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 – 498,265 – 02 May 2017
Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1998 – 68,565 – 17 May 2017
Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 – 1,967,704 – 18 May 2017
Peru, Moquegua, Civil Registration, 1850-1996 – 1,554 – 18 May 2017
Russia, Simbirsk Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1782-1858 – Browse Images – 17 May 2017
Spain, Province of Asturias, Municipal Records, 1470-1897 – 62,165 – 11 May 2017
Spain, Province of Teruel, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2013 – Browse Images – 01 May 2017
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1880 – 10,443 – 18 May 2017

UNITED STATES DATABASES
Florida Marriages, 1830-1993 – 1,699,231 – 01 May 2017
Iowa, Poweshiek County Land Records, 1855-1934 – Browse Images – 08 May 2017
Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954 – 1,317,764 – 19 May 2017
Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979 – 1,493,817 – 19 May 2017
Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957 – 1,093,880 – 01 Jun 2017
Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921 – 2,045,611 – 02 May 2017
Missouri, Reports of Separation Notices, 1941-1946 – 367,825 – 01 Jun 2017
New Hampshire, Civil War Service and Pension Records, 1861-1866 – 250,441 – 16 May 2017
New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906-1942 – 13,611,543 – 09 May 2017
Utah, Birth Certificates, 1903-1914 – 99,172 – 17 May 2017
Utah, Weber County Marriages, 1887-1941 – 92,337 – 16 May 2017

MISC.
Family Group Records Collection, Archives Section, 1942-1969 – Browse Images – 16 May 2017

BillionGraves Index – 20,861,710 – 01 May 2017

Announcing new Pro Bono initiative: Tribal Quest

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MyHeritage Launches Global Pro Bono Initiative to Document the Family Histories of Remote Tribes

Tribal Quest team members visit indigenous communities to create their family trees and record their family stories online, preserving them for future generations

TEL AVIV, Israel & WINDHOEK, Namibia & PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea, May 10, 2016MyHeritage, the fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, unveiled today a new initiative — Tribal Quest — to record the family histories of communities that lack access to modern technology.

MyHeritage has completed its first two Tribal Quest expeditions to Namibia and Papua New Guinea, meeting elders and families of the Himba people in Namibia, and different tribal groups in Papua New Guinea. Collaborating with local guides, MyHeritage teams spent three weeks in each destination, interviewing hundreds of community members, taking thousands of family photos, gathering information at cemeteries, and attending local community events and rituals. The teams then processed all the data they gathered, cross-correlated and tagged it, and organized the family history information of over 6,000 members of tribal communities in 55 richly-detailed family trees. This information is now saved online on MyHeritage, preserving cultural heritage and personal family histories of tribal people forever.

At one of the villages deep in the rural Kunene region of Namibia, Tribal Quest team members met Mbunguha, a village elder who recounted family stories going back many generations. Mbunguha’s parents told him that he had been born during a particularly intense drought, marking a tough period for his family. He now worries about the effects that recent repetitive droughts, and the resulting economic instability, will have on his community. With the traditional Himba way of life now in decline and globalization and urbanization on the rise, Mbunguha is concerned that many family traditions will be lost. Mbunguha was eager to participate in the project and have his family history recorded to ensure that it is not lost for the next generations of the village. Mbunguha’s family tree — and those of his clan — are now preserved online on MyHeritage.

Further expeditions to other remote destinations are currently being planned.

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“Across a wide range of diverse cultures and traditions, we all have family in common; we all learn from and honor our ancestors,” said Golan Levi, User Experience Expert at MyHeritage and founder of the Tribal Quest project. “This project aims to allow people around the world — no matter where or how they live — to save their ancestors’ legacies forever, for the benefit of their descendants, and our descendants.”

“We are privileged to be the global destination of choice for millions of people interested in discovering and preserving their family history,” said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “We love combining our work with pro bono projects, utilizing our technologies and our enthusiastic staff to bring the benefits of genealogy to more people. With Tribal Quest we are preserving diverse cultural heritage that is at risk, and doing it uniquely at the level of individuals and families. If we don’t do this, nobody else will, and therefore we must do it.”

The Namibia expedition is showcased online at www.tribalquest.org; Papua New Guinea expedition materials will be added soon. Visit the website to learn more about the project, view photos and read stories of the Himba people, and to get involved.
View the Tribal Quest introduction video.

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About MyHeritage

MyHeritage is the world’s fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees, and ground­breaking search and matching technologies. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to share family stories, past and present, and treasure them for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages. www.myheritage.com