New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of January 11, 2016

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A few domestic and international updates this week. For the United States you’ll see some new content for United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014, North Carolina State Supreme Court Case Files 1800-1909, Utah Death Certificates 1904-1964, and the Rhode Island District Court Naturalization Indexes 1906-1991. Find these and additional updates below for Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Italy, and Sweden.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Australia Tasmania Miscellaneous Records 1829-2001 – 0 – 68,774 – Added images to an existing collection
Belgium Hainaut Civil Registration 1600-1913 – 32,642 – 208 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Bolivia Catholic Church Records 1566-1996 – 35,765 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Napoli Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865 – 146,760 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Sweden Örebro Church Records 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 – 42,405 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States Databases
United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014 – 0 – 27,075 – Added images to an existing collection
North Carolina State Supreme Court Case Files 1800-1909 – 876,769 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Rhode Island District Court Naturalization Indexes 1906-1991 – 136,534 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Utah Death Certificates 1904-1964 – 0 – 25,217 – Added images to an existing collection

Help Us Publish More Free Records Online
Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

About FamilySearch International
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

New FamilySearch Database Collections as of December 6, 2015

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There were 18 new, free historic record collections added or updated this week at FamilySearch.org. Some highlights include the Australia New South Wales Census 1891, Connecticut District Court Naturalization Indexes 1851-1992, United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014 with nearly 15 million new records, Massachusetts Revolutionary War Index Cards to Muster Rolls 1775-1783, North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1979, Brazil Rio de Janeiro Immigration Cards 1900-1965, Germany Hesse Frankfurt Civil Registration Deaths Indexes 1928-1978,and Italy Taranto Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1926. Explore these and many others by following the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Australia New South Wales Census 1891 – 326,076 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Australia Tasmania Miscellaneous Records 1829-1961 – 88,059 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Brazil Rio de Janeiro Immigration Cards 1900-1965 – 2,213,292 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Colombia Catholic Church Records 1576-2014 – 0 – 403,033 – Added images to an existing collection
Germany Hesse Frankfurt Civil Registration Deaths Indexes 1928-1978 – 567,031 – 16,700 – New indexed records and images collection
Italy Taranto Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1926 – 220,095 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Manitoba Probate Records 1871-1930 – 51,868 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Switzerland Bern Civil Registration 1792-1876 – 16,590 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

UNITED STATES DATABASES
Connecticut District Court Naturalization Indexes 1851-1992 – 261,034 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Hawaii Index to Filipino Passengers Arriving at Honolulu 1900-1952 – 137,926 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Massachusetts Revolutionary War Index Cards to Muster Rolls 1775-1783 – 0 – 641,406 – New browsable image collection.
North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1979 – 25,757 – 580,366 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Ohio Passenger and Crew Lists arriving at Ashtabula and Conneaut 1952-1974 – 85,006 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ohio Trumbull County Records 1795-2010 – 0 – 133,347 – Added images to an existing collection
Wisconsin Crew Lists of Ship Arrivals 1925-1956 – 4,352 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Wisconsin Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Manitowoc 1925-1956 – 4,231 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Wisconsin Milwaukee Passenger and Crew Lists 1922-1963 – 66,627 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014 – 0 – 14,934,757 – Added images to an existing collection

Help Us Publish More Free Records Online
Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

About FamilySearch International
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

New FamilySearch Data Collections Posted

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August 25, 2015 – Significant birth, marriage, and death records for Imperia, Italy and Savonna, Italy were published this week. Georgia county marriages have also been added, dating back to 1785! Discover these and other collections updated this week by selecting the these links, as well as those below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORD – DIGITAL RECORD – COMMENTS

Colombia Catholic Church Records 1600-2012 – 0 – 1,002,173 – Added images to an existing collection
France Finistère Quimper et Léon Diocese Catholic Parish Records 1772-1863 – 144,443 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Lima Civil Registration 1874-1996 – 862,440 – 304 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Philippines Manila Civil Registration 1899-1984 – 0 – 4,088,394 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Pangasinan Civil Registration 1945-1981 – 84,935 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

UNITED STATES DATABASES
Illinois Adams County Card Index to Deaths 1877-1990 – 95,523 – 96,875 – New indexed records and images collection
Texas County Marriage Records 1837-1977 – 586,960 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Wisconsin County Marriages 1836-1911 – 213,905 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Census 1890 – 15 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Obituaries American Historical Society of Germans from Russia 1899-2012 – 0 – 4,154 – Added images to an existing collection

Help Us Publish More Free Records Online
Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

About FamilySearch International
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

New FamilySearch Data Collections Posted the Week of August 17, 2015

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A number of FamilySearch additions were made to the Colombia, France, Peru, and Philippines international collections this week including significant numbers of digital images for Colombia Catholic Church Records from 1600 to 2012. Important additions were also made to the Texas and Wisconsin marriage collections. Over 7 million searchable records have been added this week. Follow the links below to explore the new content!

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Colombia Catholic Church Records 1600-2012 – 0 – 1,002,173 – Added images to an existing collection
France Finistère Quimper et Léon Diocese Catholic Parish Records 1772-1863 – 144,443 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Lima Civil Registration 1874-1996 – 862,440 – 304 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Philippines Manila Civil Registration 1899-1984 – 0 – 4,088,394 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Pangasinan Civil Registration 1945-1981 – 84,935 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

UNITED STATES COLLECTIONS:
Illinois Adams County Card Index to Deaths 1877-1990 – 95,523 – 96,875 – Added indexed records and images collection
Texas County Marriage Records 1837-1977 – 586,960 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Wisconsin County Marriages 1836-1911 – 213,905 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Census 1890 – 15 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Obituaries American Historical Society of Germans from Russia 1899-2012 – 0 – 4,154 – Added images to an existing collection

Help Us Publish More Free Records Online
Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

About FamilySearch International
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

New FamilySearch Collections Posted the Week of July 13, 2015

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Family historians hungry for historic Irish records will enjoy FamilySearch’s new collection, Ireland Petty Sessions Court Registers 1828-1912. These indexed court documents bring 22 million records to your fingertips. These records were originally filmed at the National Archives of Ireland and the index was created by findmypast.com. See the table below for additions to over 60 historical record collections, including 46 million US obituaries. Click on the collection’s link to start your discovery.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Australia New South Wales Census (fragment) 1891 – 0 – 21,315 – Added images to an existing collection
Belgium Antwerp Civil Registration 1588-1910 – 0 – 1,670 – Added images to an existing collection
Brazil Pernambuco Civil Registration 1804-2014 – 0 – 164,642 – Added images to an existing collection
Brazil São Paulo Immigration Cards 1902-1980 – 1,642,660 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
France Finistère Quimper et Léon Diocese Catholic Parish Records 1772-1863 – 970 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Germany Saxony Dresden Citizens’ Documents and Business Licenses 1820- 1962 – 0 – 855,956 – Added images to an existing collection
India Bihar Koilukh Pandit Kirtinand Jha Maithil Brahmin Genealogical Records 1750-1990 – 0 – 175,363 – Added images to an existing collection
India Hindu Pilgrimage Records 1194-2015 – 2,782,487 – 2,843,557 – New indexed records and images collection
Ireland Petty Sessions Court Registers 1828-1912 – 21,833,839 – 0 – New indexed record collection
Italy Caltanissetta Civil Registration (State Archive) 1820-1935 – 0 – 318 – Added images to an existing collection
Italy Cremona Civil Registration (State Archive) 1744-1942 – 0 – 1,325,362 – New browsable-image collection.
Italy Grosseto Civil Registration (State Archive) 1851-1907 – 0 – 393,814 – New browsable-image collection.
Italy L’Aquila Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865 1911-1943 – 0 – 111,837 – Added images to an existing collection
Italy Pesaro e Urbino Pesaro Civil Registration (State Archive) 1808-1813 1861- 1865 – 0 – 75,456 – New browsable-image collection.
Italy Pesaro e Urbino Urbino Civil Registration (State Archive) 1866-1942 – 0 – 709,381 – New browsable-image collection.
Italy Ragusa Civil Registration (State Archive) 1900-1940 – 0 – 111,281 – New browsable-image collection.
Italy Toscana Civil Registration (State Archive) 1804-1874 – 0 – 80,833 – Added images to an existing collection
Mexico Baja California and Baja California Sur Catholic Church Records 1750-1984 – 0 – 363 – Added images to an existing collection
Mexico Chihuahua Catholic Church Records 1632-1958 – 0 – 195 – New browsable-image collection.
Mexico Guanajuato Catholic Church Records 1519-1984 – 0 – 1,077 – Added images to an existing collection
Mexico Hidalgo Catholic Church Records 1546-1971 – 0 – 574 – Added images to an existing collection
Mexico Michoacán Catholic Church Records 1555-1996 – 0 – 2,758 – Added images to an existing collection
Mexico Tamaulipas Catholic Church Records 1703-1964 – 0 – 1,294 – Added images to an existing collection
Peru Callao Civil Registration 1874-1996 – 0 – 42,583 – Added images to an existing collection
Perú Lima Civil Registration 1874-1996 – 0 – 111,769 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Negros Occidental Roman Catholic Diocese of Bacolod Parish Registers 1755-1976 – 0 – 95,820 – New browsable-image collection.
Spain Province of Valencia Miscellaneous Records 1251-1950 – 0 – 850,597 – Added images to an existing collection
Sweden Halland Church Records 1615-1904; index 1615-1860 – 0 – 972 – Added images to an existing collection

Canada: Newfoundland Vital Records 1840-1949 – 347,134 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Canada: Nova Scotia Births 1864-1877 – 0 – 6,103 – Added images to an existing collection
Canada: Nova Scotia Deaths 1864-1877 – 0 – 20,661 – Added images to an existing collection
Canada: Nova Scotia Marriages 1864-1918 – 0 – 15,831 – Added images to an existing collection

BillionGraves Index – 1,513,553 – 1,513,553 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

United States Records

United States Census 1790 – 1,606 – 62 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
United States Census 1800 – 20 – 18,454 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
United States Freedmen’s Bureau Hospital and Medical Records 1865-1872 – 4,641 – 44,734 – New Indexed records and images collection
United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014 – 46,769,836 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Index to Service Records War with Spain 1898 – 123,334 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
California Death Index 1905-1939 – 2,086,638 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Delaware Vital Records 1680-1971 – 624,395 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
District of Columbia Marriages 1811-1950 – 83,822 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Illinois County Marriages 1810-1934 – 504,033 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Iowa State Census 1915 – 0 – 9,802 – Added images to an existing collection
Iowa State Census 1925 – 5,573,816 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Kentucky Vital Record Indexes 1911-1999 – 9,865,944 – 0 – New indexed record collection
Louisiana First Registration Draft Cards compiled 1940-1945 – 39,967 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Massachusetts Boston Passenger Lists Index 1899-1940 – 1,577,127 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Massachusetts Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1627-2001 – 0 – 182 – Added images to an existing collection
Michigan Births 1867-1902 – 0 – 1,428 – Added images to an existing collection
Michigan Obituaries 1820-2006 – 1,389,458 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
North Carolina Probate Records 1735-1970 – 0 – 1,952 – Added images to an existing collection
South Dakota School Records 1879-1970 – 2,807,212 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950 – 3,024,053 – 1,831,660 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database 1847-1868 – 58,333 – 0 – New indexed record collection
Utah Uintah County Discharge Records 1893-2009 – 0 – 2,362 – New browsable-image collection.
Utah Uintah County Land and Property Records 1888-2004 – 0 – 195,963 – New browsable-image collection.
Utah Uintah County Marriage Records 1888-2015 – 0 – 8,687 – New browsable-image collection.
Utah Uintah County Naturalization and Citizenship Records 1888-1929 – 0 – 409 – New browsable-image collection.
Vermont St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings 1895-1924 – 6,696,703 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Vermont Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1732-2005 – 0 – 458,533 – Added images to an existing collection

Help Publish More Free Records Online
Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

About FamilySearch International
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Irene M. Mollard 1924-2015 – R.I.P.

The following excerpt is from the June 17, 2015 edition of the Kearney Hub:

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KEARNEY [Nebraska]— Irene M. Mollard, 91, of Amherst died Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney…

Irene May Willkens was born on May 8, 1924, at her grandparents’ home in Amherst. She was the only child of John William “Bill” and Pauline K. (Herrmann) Willkens. She graduated from Amherst High School in 1940 and was a lifelong resident of Buffalo County…

She attended the Evangelical Free Church in Kearney. She and her husband were members of camping clubs and often included their grandchildren in their travels. Irene also belonged to the Miller Seniors, the neighborhood Bible study group, the Fort Kearny Genealogical Society and the Buffalo County Historical Society, and was a charter member of the State Genealogical Society.

Read the full obituary.

Ruth Bishop – R.I.P.

Ruth Bishop painting by Richard Whitney.  Property of NEHGS.
Ruth Bishop painting by Richard Whitney. Property of NEHGS.

My dear friend, Ruth Bishop, passed away this last week. Ruth was an avid genealogist, spending most of her waking hours studying her family history. She attended many of the Salt Lake Christmas Tour programs over the years. She was a great supporter of the hobby, putting her money into the hobby to help others. She was a big financial supporter of the New England Genealogical and Historical Society – donating so much that they named the reading room in their Boston library after her.

I met Ruth in 1991. At the time, Heritage Quest was a dealer for Automated Archives, an early producer of genealogy databases on CD-ROM. Heritage Quest was an exhibitor at a conference in Oregon that year. Ruth came to my table and bought every Automated Archives CD that I had for sale! And from that time forward she was one of my best customers, soon becoming a dear friend. More than once she was there to help when I most needed it. The last time I got to spend any time with her was during the 2012 Salt Lake Christmas Tour. Thanks to the kind donation of tickets to the Annual Christmas Concert by Lud and Lois Gritzo, Ruth, Jan Healy and I were able to attend the concert. What a treat!

Ruth’s service will be held June 5, 2015 at River View Chapel in Portland Oregon. She will be buried in the family plot in Salem, Orgeon.

Ruth planned to open a genealogy library in the Portland, Oregon area for many years. She’s collected books for as long as I knew her, which was about 25 years. During the last decade or so, Ruth purchased many major collections that she planned to place in her library. During the last couple years Ruth’s health declined, and it looked like the planned library might end up only being a dream. Because of this, the board of directors of the planned Conner-Bishop Historical Resource Center struck a deal with another dear friend, Arlene Eakle, of Tremonton, Utah. Arlene has been building a library for many years also, to which many of us (myself included) have donated genealogy-related books and materials. The genealogical portion of the Conner-Bishop Library was transferred to Arlene. So Ruth’s dream will be carried on. She will be missed.

Hazel Juhl Mills – R.I.P.

Hazel Juhl Mills  - December 1987
Hazel Juhl Mills – December 1987

While I was attending the NGS Conference in St. Charles, Missouri, I received the news that my long-term executive secretary, Hazel Mills, had passed away that day, May 15, 2015, in Puyallup, Washington. Many of my readers will remember Hazel as the lady who set up and coordinated my speaking engagements from 1987 through 2005 – doing all this after she had already reached retirement age. Hazel was an amazing woman, and became an “adopted” member of the Meitzler family.

Sometime in 1986 I placed an ad in our local newspaper stating that I was looking for an executive secretary. I stated in the ad that I wanted someone who could type, take shorthand, and keep me organized. Hours later, Hazel walked through the door of the Heritage Quest operation on Washington Avenue in Orting. She said something like “I’m not young, but I can type 85 words a minute, take shorthand, and have lots of experience keeping my boss on track. Will I do?” I stammered a bit, but quickly told her I thought she’d do just fine. And that began a long relationship with Hazel – she was not only my secretary, but quickly became invaluable to us in that she knew how to work with folks, and the media. And she was our friend, almost like another mother to me. She personally scheduled over 1500 speaking appearances for me. For a while she also set up speaking appointments for Bill Dollarhide and Dewayne Lener.

As seems to be almost normal in my life, I was again away on business when someone important in my life was in the process of leaving us. However, I’m pleased that my niece, Christina Meitzler, was there to hold Hazel’s hand, sing to her and help her make the transition. R.I.P. Hazel Juhl Mills – my dear friend.

FamilySearch Adds Over 19.2 Million Indexed Records & Images to Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico & the USA

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FamilySearch adds more than 19.2 million indexed records and images to Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 7,120,120 indexed records and 6,113,876 images from the United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980–2014 collection; the 4,835,296 indexed records from the Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805–2001 collection; and the 314,770 indexed records and 314,770 images from the US, BillionGraves Index collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804–2014 – 0 – 299,060 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Canadian Headstones – 240,168 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805–2001 – 4,835,296 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, BillionGraves Index – 314,770 – 314,770 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

United States, Freedmen’s Bank Records, 1865–1874 – 0 – 513 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980–2014 – 7,120,120 – 6,113,876 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

FamilySearch Adds Over 3.7 Million Indexed Records & Images to Brazil, Canada, Croatia, England, Germany, Isle of Man, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, and the USA

The following is compiled from the last two collection updates from FamilySearch (those for July 19 and July 25, 2014):

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During the week ending July 25, 2014, FamilySearch has added more than 1.7 million indexed records and images to collections from Canada, Croatia, Peru, Poland, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,160,179 indexed records from the United States, Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900–1953, collection; the 50,858 indexed records from the Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997, collection; and the 99,950 indexed records from United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905–1937, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Canada, Quebec, Catholic Parish Registers, 1621–1979 – 27 – 290 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Croatia, Church Books, 1516–1994 – 0 – 201 – Added images to an existing collection.
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997 – 50,858 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Poland, Radom Roman Catholic Church Books, 1587–1966 – 0 – 240 – Added images to an existing collection.
United States, Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900–1953 – 1,160,179 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States, Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878–1938 – 77,476 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States Census, 1910 – 0 – 1,389 – Added images to an existing collection.
United States Census, 1940 – 99,173 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905–1937 – 99,950 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States, Utah, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, 1847–1868 – 36 – 36 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

During the week ending July 19, 2014, FamilySearch has added more than 2 million indexed records and images to collections from Brazil, England, Germany, Isle of Man, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 148,960 images from the England, Durham, Diocese of Durham Original Wills, 1650–1857, collection; the 91,952 indexed records from the South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895–1972, collection; and the 804,247 indexed records and images from U.S., Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878–1922, 1959–1994, collection.

Again, see the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804–2013 – 0 – 147,861 – Added images to an existing collection.
England, Essex Parish Registers, 1503–1997 – 3,384 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
England, Durham Probate Bonds, 1556–1858 – 0 – 48,167 – New browsable image collection.
England, Durham Probate Commissions, Monitions and Citations, 1650–1858 – 0 – 32,085 – New browsable image collection.
England, Durham, Dean and Chapter of Durham’s Allerton and Allertonshire Original Wills, Inventories and Bonds, 1666–1845 – 0 – 1,842 – New browsable image collection.
England, Durham, Diocese of Durham Original Wills, 1650–1857 – 0 – 148,960 – New browsable image collection.
Germany, Hesse, Frankfurt, Civil Registration, 1811–1978 – 0 – 24,327 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Isle of Man Parish Registers, 1598–2009 – 13,929 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic Church Records, 1590–1979 – 0 – 7,217 – Added images to an existing collection.
Netherlands, Zuid-Holland Province, Civil Registration, 1679–1942 – 905 – 0 – Added images to an existing collection.
Netherlands, Census and Population Registers, 1574–1940 – 0 – 535 – Added images to an existing collection.
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895–1972 – 91,952 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States Freedmen’s Branch Records, 1872–1878 – 0 – 61,984 – New browsable image collection.
South Korea, Civil Service Examinations and Records of Officials and Employees, 1392–1910 – 0 – 3,927 – New browsable image collection.
Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1307–1985 – 0 – 1,449 – Added images to an existing collection
United States Census, 1850 – 0 – 3,199 – Added images to an existing collection.
United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899–2012 – 0 – 451,656 – New browsable image collection.
United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 – 169,857 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
U.S., Alabama, Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records, 1865–1872 – 0 – 36,101 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878–1922, 1959–1994 – 751,805 – 52,442 – New indexed records and images collection.
U.S., Mississippi, State Archives, Various Records, 1820–1951 – 637 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
U.S.,Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860–2004 – 0 – 25,819 – Added images to an existing collection.

Doris C Pike 1918-2014 RIP

The following excerpt is from the March 28, 2014 ediiton of sacbee.com:
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Doris C. Pike, a homemaker who embarked on a diligent search for her family history and helped establish the first public genealogy library in Sacramento County, died March 24 of colon cancer complications, her family said. She was 95.

Long before personal computers and online databases, Mrs. Pike began the laborious task of researching her genealogy. The idea came to her while caring for her ill husband in 1969.

Mrs. Pike belonged to the Sacramento Genealogical Society – Root Cellar and the Genealogical Association of Sacramento. In 1982, the groups persuaded the Sacramento Public Library Commission to allocate a room at the Carmichael branch for a genealogy reference library. Volunteers painted the room, purchased and set up shelves and stocked the collection with reference books.

Mrs. Pike spent almost 25 years as a library volunteer, buying research materials and repairing and rebinding books…

Read the full article.

FamilySearch Adds Nearly 11.1 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Brazil, Canada, England, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, & the USA

The following was received from FamilySearch:

FamilySearch.org

FamilySearch has added close to 11.1 million indexed records and images to collections from Barbados, BillionGraves, Brazil, Canada, England, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,703,529 indexed records from the U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846–1910, collection; the 766,368 indexed records and images from the new Canadian Headstones, collection; and the 2,917,490 indexed records from the England, Kent, Register of Electors, 1570–1907, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org .

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Barbados, Church Records, 1637–1887 – 253,209 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

BillionGraves Index – 534,057 – 534,057 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804–2013 – 0 – 109,743 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canadian Headstones – 766,368 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

England, Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers, 1538–2010 – 171,083 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

England, Kent, Register of Electors, 1570–1907 – 2,917,490 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Mexico, Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Miscellaneous Marriage Records, 1539–1939 – 0 – 65,075 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997 – 0 – 137,860 – Added images to an existing collection.

Portugal, Lamego, Diocesan Records, 1529–1963 – 0 – 237,263 – Added images to an existing collection.

Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645–1969 – 0 – 1,329 – Added images to an existing collection.

South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895–1972 – 11,622 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951–2006 – 10 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784–1956 – 0 – 106,020 – Added images to an existing collection.

Sweden, Kalmar Church Records, 1577–1907; index 1625–1860 – 30,025 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906–1991 – 275,482 – 0 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Iowa, County Marriages, 1838–1934 – 223,134 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., New York, Yates County, Swann Vital Records Collection, 1723–2009 – 63,947 – 87,588 – New indexed records and images collection.

U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663–1979 – 30,607 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846–1910 – 2,610,151 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787–1931 – 0 – 7,940 – Added images to an existing collection.

United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798–1892 – 1,703,529 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899–2012 – 3,322 – 4,154 – New indexed records and images collection.

United States Social Security Death Index – 213,017 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Halvor Moorshead R.I.P. – We Will Miss You

On Saturday, Dick Eastman reported that Halvor Moorshead passed away on Friday, March 7, 2014. Halvor was a good friend, and I’m saddened by his passing. For many years we were competitors, as well as friends. He is best known within the genealogical community for founding Family Chronicle, and later Internet Genealogy. However, he also founded History Magazine, as well as a number of other magazines.

Here is a link to Halvor’s obit at the O’Neill Funeral Home website.

Read more about Halvor’s passing at Dick’s blog.

FamilySearch to Make Millions of Obituaries Searchable Online

The following is from FamilySearch:
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Tens of Thousands of Additional Indexers Needed to Help Create an Every-Name Index to Millions of Obituaries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Salt Lake City, Utah—February 7, 2014
—FamilySearch is working with partners and the larger genealogical community to collect, digitize, and index millions of obituaries from the United States (with other nations to follow). This huge undertaking will ultimately make hundreds of millions of names of deceased individuals and information about their family relationships freely available for online research.

Dennis Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch, announced this new initiative in his keynote speech yesterday as he welcomed record-breaking crowds to the 2014 RootsTech family history conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Brimhall and special guest pirate mascot “Captain Jack Starling” utilized a well-known pirate theme of “dead men tell no tales” and added, “but their obituaries do!” drawing attention to the fact that obituaries tell the stories of people’s lives long after they are deceased. Carrying the theme further, attendees at the conference were invited to volunteer and help unlock the “treasure trove” of precious family information contained in obituaries, which is currently “locked away” in static electronic images and newspapers.

“Estimates claim over 500 million obituaries exist in the U.S. alone,” said Dennis Brimhall, FamilySearch CEO. “The average obituary can contain the names of about ten family members of the deceased—parents, spouse, children, and other relatives. Making them easily searchable online can be an enormous future source for creating our family histories. The number of people who will benefit is incalculable. It could very well be the single largest preservation and access project of its kind, and will no doubt be one of the most used online collections worldwide as it grows.”

The success of the obituary campaign depends on volunteers. The information contained in obituaries requires native language skills and human judgment. The goal for this project in 2014 is 100 million names indexed, which will require tens of thousands of additional volunteers. Without volunteer indexers, these precious records will remain largely unavailable to family history researchers.

Those interested in helping to create this vast database that will be used by family history researchers for generations to come can learn more and volunteer at FamilySearch.org/indexing. A training video, indexing guide, and clear project indexing instructions are available to help indexers get a quick start on this adventure.

About FamilySearch
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Looking for a Detroit Area Obit?

I just happened across an article posted by the Detroit Free Press that details the Birth & Death Notices and Obits that they publish. The article also goes into detail about where one might find additional obits and such for the area. See:http://www.freep.com/article/99999999/MISC/399990030/About-obituaries-death-notices-birth-announcements-