Ruth Ellen Maness A.G. Passes – R.I.P. my dear friend…

I got a text from Kevan Hansen in Salt Lake City this morning saying that our friend, Ruth Maness passed away last night. The word is that she had a massive heart attack.

Ruth was an accredited genealogist, specializing in Scandinavian problems. Personally, I’ve worked with Ruth for at least 15 or more years. For many years she worked a reference desk at the Family History Library, helping people with Scandinavian research. During the Salt Lake Christmas Tour, Ruth would take time off and spend the week working with the Christmas Tour attendees. Ruth Maness helped thousands of people find their ancestors. She retired from the Family History Library a couple or three years ago, and has since been working with Holly Hansen, contributing to and writing genealogy guidebooks.

I’m sure that detailed obits will be forthcoming from the Salt Lake area, and will keep my eye open, and add links as I can.

R.I.P. – Dana Sue Powell McKean Williams Morgan

I received the following from my friend, Ruth Maness, AG:

Dana was a kind, loving person, a premier genealogist, who wanted to help all she met. She died Monday, 22 May 2017 at the home of her daughter, Jill Westergaard, in Ogden, Utah.

Funeral services are as follows:
Date: Saturday, May 27th, 2017.
Address: the LDS ward house at 9376 South 4000 West, West Jordan, UT
Viewing: 10:30-11:45
Funeral: 12:00 noon

Burial and Graveside Dedication: Tuesday May 30th, 2017 at 11 a.m.
Place: Cemetery by the Bountiful, UT temple
Address: 1640 East Lakeview Drive, Bountiful, UT

R.I.P. Jean Elizabeth Nicholson Maack – 1920-2017

The following excerpt is from the obituary of Jean Elizabeth Nicholson Maack – posted at the mailtribune.com website March 26, 2017.

Jean Elizabeth Nicholson Maack, 96, passed away peacefully March 5, 2017, with two of her sons and her primary caregiver nearby. Jean was born June 5, 1920, in the small town of Ossian, Iowa. After reading all the books in her school and many in a local lawyer’s library, she graduated from high school and went to the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana at age 16, staying with an uncle. She started out as a Chemistry major, graduated with a B.S. in Home Economics, and then earned an M.Sc. in Nutrition from the same university. In 1939, at age 19, she married Arthur C. Maack, a graduate student at the University. Their marriage lasted 50 years, until Arthur’s death December 19, 1989, and produced four sons…

Jean was for many years an ardent and skilled genealogist, tracing her own family’s Nicholson/Harvey ancestry back to the middle ages and publishing articles in genealogical journals. She served on the Board of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society. There is a Jean Maack Collection in the Society’s Library.

Read the full obituary.

R.I.P. Elizabeth Lapointe

Elizabeth Lapointe, a friend and fellow genealogy blogger, passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017. Elizabeth was a terrific genealogist, specializing in Canadian genealogy. She wrote a column for Heritage Quest Magazine years ago, and that’s how I got to know her. Elizabeth was currently the editor of the Ontario Genealogical Society’s Families, having just completed the Spring 2017 issue prior to her passing. Her blog, Genealogy Canada, was always helpful and informative.

We will miss her.

For more information, see John D. Reid’s blog of March 14.

New Historic Records Databases Posted at FamilySearch.org the Week of October 31, 2016

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You can now access newly published indexed death records in Oregon, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Also, check out the indexed German civil registrations as well as the millions of new digital images available for GenealogyBank obituaries, North Carolina estate files, and Revolutionary War rosters. See the interactive table below for these and more free searchable historic records added this week at FamilySearch.org.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Germany Bavaria Nuremberg Civil Registration 1803-1886 – 1,235,779 – 0 – New indexed records collection

UNITED STATES DATABASES

Kentucky Death Records 1911-1961 – 30,383 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1979 – 0 – 702,958 – Added images to an existing collection

Oregon Deaths 1877-1952 – 90,302 – 114,661 – New indexed records and images collection

Tennessee Death Records 1914-1955 – 146,760 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014 – 0 – 13,793,533 – Added images to an existing collection

United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors 1775-1783 – 0 – 18,557 – Added images 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 Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Library & Museums Has a New Website

The Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Library & Museums has done a redesign on the website, It’s now more mobile friendly, and has lots of new content that’s been posted over the last week or so.

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Included is the Hayes’ museum’s Ohio obituary index, educational programs and resources, as well as the ability to search through the museum’s 90,000 books, manuscripts and pictures of the president and his family.

The website can be found at www.rbhayes.org.

There is also a “Search the Site” button available to help users. People with questions about information on the site can call Hill at 419-332-2081, ext. 231, or email librarian Becky Hill (who was the lead on the redesign of the site) at bhill@rbhayes.org.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

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

The following is from FamilySearch:

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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

The following is from FamilySearch:

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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.

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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.

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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.