FamilySearch & ALA’s Digital Public Library Announce Partnership

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BOSTON/SALT LAKE CITY— In concert with the American Library Association national conference in Orlando, Florida, this week, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and FamilySearch International, the largest genealogy organization in the world, have signed an agreement that will expand access to FamilySearch.org’s growing free digital historical book collection to DPLA’s broad audience of users including genealogists, researchers, family historians, students, and more.

Family history/genealogy continues to be a popular and growing hobby. And FamilySearch is a leader in the use of technology to digitally preserve the world’s historic records and books of genealogical relevance for easy search and access online. With this new partnership, DPLA will incorporate metadata from FamilySearch.org’s online digital book collection that will make more than 200,000 family history books discoverable through DPLA’s search portal later this year. From DPLA, users will be able to access the free, fully viewable digital books on FamilySearch.org.

The digitized historical book collection at FamilySearch.org includes genealogy and family history publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world. The collection includes family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines and how-to books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees. Tens of thousands of new publications are added yearly.

“We’re excited to see information about FamilySearch’s vast holdings more broadly circulated to those trained to collect, catalog, and distribute useful information. Joint initiatives like this with DPLA help us to further expand access to the rich historic records hidden in libraries and archives worldwide to more curious online patrons,” said David Rencher, FamilySearch’s Chief Genealogy Officer.

Dan Cohen, Executive Director of DPLA, sees the addition of FamilySearch’s digital book collection as part of DPLA’s ongoing mission to be an essential site for family history researchers: “At DPLA, we aspire to collect and share cultural heritage materials that represent individuals, families, and communities from all walks of life across the country, past and present. The FamilySearch collection and our continued engagement with genealogists and family researchers is critical to help bring the stories represented in these treasured resources to life in powerful and exciting ways.”

FamilySearch is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and preservation of personal and family histories and stories, introducing individuals to their ancestors through the widespread access to records, and collaborating with others who share this vision. Within DPLA, FamilySearch’s book collection will be discoverable alongside over 13 million cultural heritage materials contributed by DPLA’s growing network of over 2,000 libraries, archives, and museums across the country, opening up all new possibilities for discovery for users and researchers worldwide.

Find more about FamilySearch or search its resources online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about Digital Public Library of America at https://dp.la.

About FamilySearch
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 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

About the Digital Public Library of America
The Digital Public Library of America strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. Since launching in April 2013, it has aggregated more than 13 million items from 2,000 institutions. The DPLA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Flash Sale – 20% off select Family Tree Books

The following books are all on sale at 20% off, through July 5 or while supplies last.

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The Family Tree Polish, Czech And Slovak Genealogy Guide, How to Trace Your Family Tree in Eastern Europe; by Lisa A Alzo

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Trace Your German Roots Online, A Complete Guide to German Genealogy Websites; by James M Beidler

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Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com, How to Find Your Family History on the No. 1 Genealogy Website; by Nancy Hendrickson

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The Family Tree Historical Maps Book, A State-by-State Atlas of US History, 1790-1900; by Allison Dolan

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The Family Tree Historical Maps Book – Europe, A Country-by-Country Atlas of European History, 1700s-1900s; by Allison Dolan

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How to Archive Family Photos, A Step-by-Step Guide to Organize and Share Your Photos Digitally; by Denise May Levenick

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Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org, How to Find Your Family History on the Largest Free Genealogy Website; by Dana Mccullough

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The Family Tree Problem Solver: Tried and True Tactics for Tracing Elusive Ancestors; by Marsha Hoffman Rising

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The Genealogist’s U.S. History Pocket Reference: Quick Facts and Timelines of American History to Help Understand Your Ancestors; by Nancy Hendrickson

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The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Germanic Ancestry in Europe; by James Beidler

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Family Tree Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition; by Diane Haddad

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From the Family Kitchen, Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes; by Gena Philibert-Ortega

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The Family Tree Guidebook to Europe: Your Essential Guide to Trace Your Genealogy in Europe; by Allison Dolan

FamilySearch Databases Added or Updated May 3 through June 27, 2016

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The following listing is of those databases added or updated to familySearch since my last posting about the FamilySearch databases in early May.

Collection Name & Dates Covered – Total Number of Records – Date Posted

Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981 – 829,413 – 08 Jun 2016
Argentina, Tucumán, Catholic Church Records, 1727-1955 – 599,723 – 19 May 2016
Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration (District Registers), 1839-1938 – 69,725 – 21 Jun 2016
Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1913 – 263,364 – 17 May 2016
Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541-1914 – 384,559 – 24 May 2016
Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration, 1621-1914 – 345,710 – 24 May 2016
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912 – 18,413 – 24 May 2016
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1977 – 192,760 – 17 Jun 2016
Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980 – 2,190,017 – 06 Jun 2016
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014 – 969,091 – 21 Jun 2016
Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages, 1739-1964, Index 1877-1964 – 39,155 – 27 Jun 2016
Denmark, Probate Indexes, 1674-1851 – 57,123 – 07 Jun 2016
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010 – 88,505 – 23 Jun 2016
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 – 474,034 – 06 May 2016
France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Civil Registration, 1792-1893 – 486,376 – 31 May 2016
Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1867 – 507,109 – 04 May 2016
Germany, Prussia, East Prussia, Königsberg, Funeral Sermons, 1597-1794 – Browse Images – 03 May 2016
Honduras, Catholic Church Records, 1633-1978 – 1,195,493 – 13 May 2016
Honduras, Civil Registration, 1841-1968 – 214,588 – 06 Jun 2016
Hungary, Jewish Vital Records Index, 1800-1945 – 42,239 – 24 May 2016
Italy, Imperia, San Remo, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1805-1910 – 70,810 – 06 Jun 2016
Italy, Roma, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1863-1930 – Browse Images – 10 May 2016
Italy, Udine, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1815, 1871-1911 – 257,344 – 07 Jun 2016
Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013 – 1,150,575 – 13 May 2016
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 – 832,595 – 31 May 2016
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 – 409,570 – 11 May 2016
Peru, Lambayeque, Civil Registration, 1873-1998 – 522,068 – 31 May 2016
Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890-2005 – 876,362 – 31 May 2016
Philippines, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899-1984 – 2,372,740 – 01 Jun 2016
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895-1972 – 526,527 – 24 Jun 2016
South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archives Records, 1792-1992 – 148,919 – 19 May 2016
South Africa, Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive), 1838-1991 – 117,356 – 24 Jun 2016
Spain, Province of Málaga, Municipal Records, 1760-1956 – 180,341 – 10 Jun 2016
United Kingdom, World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920 – 18,567 – 06 Jun 2016
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Valencia, Catholic Church Records, 1760, 1905-2013 – 84,273 – 23 Jun 2016
Zimbabwe Death notices, 1904-1976 – 301,749 – 04 May 2016

UNITED STATES & CANADA DATABASES

BillionGraves Index – 18,198,653 – 06 Jun 2016
Find A Grave Index – 146,748,413 – 07 Jun 2016
Arizona Obituary Index to Arizona Newspapers, 1993-1994 – 50,880 – 13 Jun 2016
Arkansas Marriages, 1837-1944 – 1,001,777 – 27 Jun 2016
Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957 – 1,869,736 – 26 May 2016
California, Oakland, Alameda County, Newspaper Record Collection, 1985-2011 – 70,598 – 19 May 2016
California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997 – 168,674 – 16 May 2016
Connecticut Marriages, 1640-1939 – 27,635 – 10 Jun 2016
Florida, Port Everglades Passenger Lists, 1932-1951 – 24,375 – 24 May 2016
Georgia, Brunswick Passenger Lists, 1904-1939 – 776 – 24 May 2016
Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940 – 2,859,465 – 18 May 2016
Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950 – 700,117 – 26 May 20 2016
Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994 – 6,527,955 – 20 May 2016
Indiana, Civil Marriages, 1828-1957 – 10,571 – 27 Jun 2016
Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935 – 2,282,689 – 26 May 2016
Iowa Births and Christenings, 1830-1950 – 608,259 – 23 May 2016
Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992 – 1,261,966 – 23 May 2016
Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934 – 2,271,641 – 23 May 2016
Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1949 – 86,762 – 02 Jun 2016
Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954 – 474,485 – 26 May 2016
Louisiana Naturalization Records, 1831-1906 – 20,710 – 03 Jun 2016
Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001 – 2,129,543 – 16 May 2016
Michigan Civil Marriages, 1834-1974 – 34,763 – 11 May 2016
Michigan Marriages, 1822-1995 – 1,267,961 – 11 May 2016
Michigan Probate Records, 1797-1973 – Browse Images – 16 May 2016
Minnesota, Baudette, Warroad, and International Falls Passenger Lists, 1910-1923 – 793 – 24 May 2016
Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949 – 870,856 – 14 Jun 2016
Missouri, Civil Marriages, 1820-1874 – 4,883 – 27 Jun 2016
Montana, Meagher County Records, 1866-2012 – 1,030 – 05 May 2016
New York, Northern Arrival Manifests, 1902-1956 – 1,046,045 – 20 May 2016
North Carolina, Freedmen’s Bureau Assistant Commissioner Records, 1862-1870 – 127,316 – 18 May 2016
Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003 – 4,012,169 – 26 May 2016
Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962 – 2,548,575 – 25 May 2016
Oregon, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1870-1930 – 3,044 – 09 May 2016
Texas, El Paso Alien Arrivals, 1924-1952 – 200,315 – 24 May 2016
Utah, Territorial Militia Records, 1849-1877 – 63,053 – 22 Jun 2016
Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847-1868 – 59,257 – 31 May 2016
Washington Birth Records, 1869-1950 – 159,323 – 31 May 2016
West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971 – 170,948 – 22 Jun 2016
Wisconsin, County Marriages, 1836-1911 – 755,345 – 20 Jun 2016
Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930 – 197,702 – 16 Jun 2016
United States, Freedmen’s Bureau, Freedmen’s Court Records, 1865-1872 – 44,466 – 16 Jun 2016
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 – 15,860,523 – 23 Jun 2016
United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949 – 647,814 – 17 May 2016

Canadian Headstones – 1,099,535 – 10 May 2016
Ontario, District Marriage Registers, 1801-1858 – Browse Images – 06 May 2016

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of March 28, 2016

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Explore the new record collections for Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928, Czech Republic School Registers 1799-1953, United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815, and more than 7 million additions to the Find A Grave Index. Search these and more by following the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Belgium Antwerp Civil Registration 1588-1913 – 5,142 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Belgium Brabant Civil Registration 1582-1914 – 28,028 – 2,055 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Belgium East Flanders Civil Registration 1541-1914 – 41,927 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Belgium Hainaut Civil Registration 1600-1913 – 4,729 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Belgium Liège Civil Registration 1621-1914 – 5,655 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Belgium West Flanders Civil Registration 1582-1910 – 43,815 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Czech Republic School Registers 1799-1953 – 0 – 1,158,164 – Added images to an existing collection
Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928 – 0 – 2,993,164 – Added images to an existing collection
Find A Grave Index – 7,586,038 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Japan Genealogies 850-2012 – 0 – 59,303 – Added images to an existing collection
Japan Village Records 709-1982 – 0 – 223,187 – Added images to an existing collection

United States Databases

South Carolina Georgetown Passenger Lists 1904-1942 – 1,302 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Texas and Arizona Arrivals 1903-1910 – 59,299 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Passport Applications 1795-1925 -38,025 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815 – 1,130,851 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of March 14, 2016

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There are 25 new collections updated time! Check out Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928, Maryland Church Records 1668-1995, North Carolina Civil Marriages 1763-1868, United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815, United States Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages 1861-1872, and Utah LDS Missionary Registers 1860-1937. Search these and more by following the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Brazil Pernambuco Civil Registration 1804-2014 – 204,849 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
California San Pedro Immigration Office Special Inquiry Records 1930-1936 – 2,736 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928 – 0 – 2,993,164 – Added images to an existing collection
England Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers 1538-2010 – 11,418 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Hawaii Index to Filipino Arrivals to Honolulu 1946 – 7,408 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Illinois Church Marriages 1805-1985 – 9,190 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Illinois Civil Marriages 1833-1889 – 8,975 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Illinois County Marriages 1810-1934 – 179,181 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Indiana Marriages 1811-2007 – 0 – 16,771 – Added images to an existing collection
Maryland Church Records 1668-1995 – 137,984 – 27,644 – New indexed records and images collection
Maryland Piney Point Crew Lists 1950-1956 – 5,429 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Michigan County Marriages Index 1820-1937 – 1,012 – 0 – New indexed records collection
New Jersey Church Records 1675-1970 – 1,144 – 613 – New indexed records and images collection
New Jersey State Census 1865 – 0 – 3,646 – New browsable image collection.
New York New York Soundex to Passenger and Crew Lists 1887-1921 – 5,800 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
North Carolina Civil Marriages 1763-1868 – 53,614 – 4,567 – New indexed records and images collection
Ohio Marriages 1800-1942 – 3,567 – 785 – New indexed records and images collection
Peru Junín Civil Registration 1881-2005 – 87,987 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Spain Province of Cádiz Municipal Records 1784-1956 – 0 – 155,324 – Added images to an existing collection
Tennessee Civil Marriages 1838-1888 – 5,946 – 1,079 – New indexed records and images collection
Texas and Arizona Arrivals 1903-1910 – 59,299 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages 1861-1872 – 34,323 – 599 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815 – 1,130,851 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Utah LDS Missionary Registers 1860-1937 – 48,207 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Virginia Alexandria Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels 1946-1957 – 6,669 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

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

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

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

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

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

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update 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

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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 Update for January 4, 2016

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

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New FamilySearch Database Collections 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.

Milestones Reached in Freedmen’s Bureau Project – With More Volunteers Needed

The following news release is from FamilySearch:

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SALT LAKE CITY, (December 1, 2015)—FamilySearch International, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), and the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) are pleased to announce that exciting milestones have been reached with the historic Freedmen’s Bureau Project (see DiscoverFreedmen.org) since its launch on Juneteenth of this year. The 10,000th online indexing volunteer has contributed to the project, and volunteers have made more than 15 percent of the records searchable online, bringing the total number of records indexed to more than 440,865. The goal of this ambitious project is to make more than one million Civil War era historical records—records of about four million freed men, women, and children and refugees—discoverable at the click of a button online.

The Freedmen’s Bureau, officially known as the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, served all who needed intervention after the war. In the name of the bureau, the “freedmen” referred to were black, the “refugees” were white, and the “abandoned lands” were lands once owned by landowners who were eventually re-settled. From 1865 to 1872, the bureau opened schools, managed hospitals, rationed food and clothing, and solemnized marriages. In the process, it gathered information about marriages and families, military service, banking, schools, hospitals, and property records on potentially four million African Americans.

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Since the project’s launch in June of this year, 10,223 volunteers have contributed online from across the nation. Many more volunteers are needed. The goal is to have the records fully indexed and freely available online in time for the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in November 2016.

“We came together with great anticipation and excitement,” said Bernice Alexander Bennett, who organized a recent indexing event in Washington, D. C., which representatives from five AAHGS chapters attended. “Through this process we have identified an array of documents that show how difficult it was for this country to come back together with individuals from all walks of life. Hence, the Freedmen indexing project is not just for African Americans and represents a major initiative for everyone.”

At the University of Oklahoma, two pastors from the local community challenged each other’s congregations to an “index-off” competition. In Rio Rancho, New Mexico, many volunteers indexed their first records online in participating in this project. Elizabeth Aikin, a representative of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of New Mexico, was one of them. In just a few hours and with a little patience, Aikin was able to read through several pages of historical Freedmen’s Bureau labor contracts online and transcribe the names in those records. Like many volunteers, she was inspired by the opportunity and importance of making the Freedmen’s Bureau records available and thereby helping millions of African Americans discover their roots and reconnect their stories.

“We greatly appreciate the contributions made by our partners, by national and international volunteers, and by Smithsonian volunteers,” said Hollis Gentry, genealogy specialist at NMAAHC. “Each indexed document brings us closer to reclaiming our ancestral heritage and historical past. We look forward to the completion of the project in 2016 and invite everyone with an interest in American history and African American culture to support our efforts to index the records of the Freedmen’s Bureau.”

It only takes a little training for anyone with a computer and Internet access to join the project, which involves reading online the digital images of the records and entering names and other key information to make them searchable. Once the records are indexed and published online, finding an ancestor can be as easy as going to FamilySearch.org, entering a name and, with the touch of a button, discovering your long-hidden family member.

Free assistance is available at any of the 1,864 family history centers throughout the nation. For more information or to volunteer for the initiative, visit discoverfreedmen.org. You can also follow the effort on social media using the hashtag #DiscoverFreedmen.

About DiscoverFreedmen.org
The #DiscoverFreedmen project is making thousands of historical Freedmen’s Bureau records freely and easily searchable online to help African Americans reconnect with their Civil War­-era ancestors. The project was created through a set of partnerships between FamilySearch International, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro­-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), and the California African American Museum.

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of November 17, 2015

The following is from FamilySearch:

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

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

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

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 Update for November 9, 2015

The following is from FamilySearch:

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Ecuador Catholic Church Records 1565-2011, United Kingdom World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records 1917- 1920, Spain Province of Barcelona Municipal Records 1387-1986, Italy Forlì-Cesena Forlì Civil Registration (State Archive) 1800-1815 1866-1930, and Philippines Manila Civil Registration 1899-1984 have large additions this week. To browse these collections and more, follow the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Brazil Santa Catarina Catholic Church Records 1714-1977 – 95,057 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Delaware Vital Records 1650-1974 – 0 – 7,214 – Added images to an existing collection
Ecuador Catholic Church Records 1565-2011 – 252,478 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Germany Prussia Westphalia Minden Miscellaneous Collections from the Municipal Archives 1574-1902 – 36,352 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Iowa County Death Records 1880-1992 – 39,508 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Forlì-Cesena Forlì Civil Registration (State Archive) 1800-1815 1866-1930 – 0 – 2,090,185 – New browsable image collection.
Italy Imperia Ventimiglia Civil Registration (State Archive) 1806-1913 – 0 – 20,576 – New browsable image collection.
New Zealand Auckland Albertland Index 1862-1962 – 10,779 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New Zealand Auckland Port Albert Membership Lists and Minutes from the Church of Christ 1875-1926 – 0 – 108 – New browsable image collection.
Nova Scotia Delayed Births 1837-1904 – 72,693 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Puno Civil Registration 1890-2005 – 25,353 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Philippines Civil Registration (Archives Division) 1902-1945 – 0 – 185 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Manila Civil Registration 1899-1984 – 1,813,161 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Spain Province of Barcelona Municipal Records 1387-1986 – 0 – 104,684 – Added images to an existing collection
United Kingdom World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records 1917-1920 – 155,933 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Washington Seattle Passenger and Crew Lists of Airplanes 1947-1954 – 44,407 – 0 – Added indexed records 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 4,883 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

FamilySearch Honors the Fallen

The following is from FamilySearch:

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SALT LAKE CITY (November 11, 2015) — As the nation pauses this Veteran’s Day to remember those who have fought in our country’s name, FamilySearch marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War by helping families piece together the stories of courage and sacrifice of veterans hidden from their family’s history. Two new online collections received from the National Archives and Records Administration account for all known casualties in the Southeast Asian combat zone during the Vietnam War era and beyond. Search these and over 100 free military collections brought together for Veteran’s Day to help families more easily locate and learn about their ancestor’s military service at FamilySearch.org/honorvets.

The US military sustained over 58,000 casualties in the Southeast Asian combat zone out of the roughly 8 million Americans who served there between 1956 and 1975. Those casualties include not only war dead but prisoners of war, soldiers missing in action, and soldiers with wounds severe enough to warrant being sent home (repatriated). Families can find records for each soldier counted as a casualty during this time in either or both of the collections maintained by FamilySearch.

Since both of the Vietnam records collections were taken from essentially the same original sources, researchers will most likely find the names they are seeking in both collections. But they should check both because additional details may be found on one or the other. In each collection you will find a link titled “Find More.” It will link to more sources and helps about Vietnam research on the Church Wiki.

The United States Casualties of the Vietnam War, 1956-1998 collection) was originally comprised of two files: the Combat Area Casualties Current File, 6/8/1956-1/21/1998 and the Combat Area Casualties Returned Alive File, 5/1/1962-3/22/1979. The first contains information on war dead, prisoners of war, and soldiers missing in action, while the second accounts for military personnel wounded and repatriated immediately before, during, and after the conflict. The collection as a whole includes approximately 58,959 records. The United States Military Personnel Who Died During the Vietnam War, 1956-2003 collection (counts for fatalities suffered in the Southeast Asian combat zone and includes approximately 58,230 records.

Records in the collections include names; dates of death or repatriation; military information such as branch of service, rank, and tour of duty; birth date; home residence; marital and citizenship status; and other facts. One record tells when the person entered the service and when that person died. John Foster Johnson is an example of the tragedy of this war. He was born in December 1945, and he entered the service when he was 23 years old on January 4, 1968. This young man never married, had been a member of the Baptist Church, and was killed on 10 March 1968, just a little more than two months after he entered boot camp. This experience was repeated thousands of times for families who lost their young sons, their brothers, and their friends. In this record is also found information about those missing in action who never returned home. These records can be used for further research into a deceased family member’s military career and civilian life before, during, and sometimes after the war, if they survived to go home and die there.

Regardless of the diverse opinions of the war, and the politics surrounding it, many families still seek a better understanding of those now deceased ancestors and relatives who fought. In a recent blog post, FamilySearch collection manager Ken Nelson noted, that “Those of us who grew up then remember hearing the casualties reported each night on the news…. It became a part of our lives back then and in many ways is still with us today.” FamilySearch hopes that the growing military record collections can help piece together the stories of those who sacrificed so much during times of conflict and provide a fuller picture of the lives of veterans who served to their descendants.

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.

FamilySearch.org’s United States and Canadian Vital Records Databases — UPDATE

Below are the latest updates to United States & Canadian Vital Records Databases at FamilySearch.org:

Currently updates as of 5 November 2015

Previous update: 30 June 2015

There is a permanent link at the top of the blog to a page with links to all five United States and Canadian Vital Records Database Lists. Use the page to access the following database lists at any time:

Recent Changes:

Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images to Florida marriage records. – There are 1,774,682 Records and 1,308,358 Images as of 1 July 2015; up 190,891 Records and 54,877 Images since 24 September 2014.

North Carolina, Probate Records, 1735-1970 — Browsable Images — Includes probate matters recorded at county courthouses in North Carolina. Includes wills, guardianships and estate records in bound volumes. Although the coverage dates include a larger span of years, most of the records in this collection are from 1800-1930. – There are 1,147,259 Images as 1 July 2015; up 1,952 Images since 25 June 2015.

[NEW] Kentucky Vital Record Indexes, 1911-1999 — Searchable Index — Indexes of births, marriages, and deaths from January 1911 to July 1999. These indexes were created by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives from data files obtained from the Office of Vital Statistics. – There are 9,865,944 Records as of 1 July 2015.

Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — This collection of marriage records for Alabama counties includes: a) indexed records with images; b) indexed records without images; and c) images which can be browsed but do not have searchable indexes. The indexed records without images display a message “Image is Unavailable” when you attempt to view the image. The browse records are grouped by film number / digital film number (DGS). Each film is arranged by county, volume and date. Currently this collection is 41% indexed. Images will only be available for 84% of this collection when it is complete. Digital images and indexes will be added as they become available.”– There are 2,310,900 Records and 1,231,203 Images as of 21 July 2015; up 718,870 Records and 223,694 Images since 9 April 2015.

Massachusetts, Marriages, 1841-1915 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of Massachusetts statewide marriage registers. The marriage registers are in numbered volumes arranged by year then by individual town.– There are 1,538,139 Records and 108,296 Images as of 27 July 2015; up 8,533 Images since 28 Mar 2014.

[NEW] Wisconsin, County Marriages, 1836-1911 — Searchable Index — Index to marriage records in Wisconsin. The record content varies by county. Names are being published as they become available. We do not have rights to publish the images. – There are 213,905 Records as of 3 August 2015.

[NEW] Illinois, Adams County, Card Index to Deaths, 1877-1990 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Card index to death records in Adams County from the courthouse in Quincy, Illinois. – There are 95,523 Records and 96,875 Images as of 12 August 2015.

Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1977 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Collection of various types of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from 183 of the 254 counties in Texas. – There are 1,854,339 Records and 538,510 Images as of 24 March 2015; up 399,834 Records and 464,964 Records since 24 March 2015.

United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899-2012 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of obituaries collected by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. The Society continues to collect obituaries and the index and images for these records will be added as they become available. – There are 402,388 Records and 455,810 Images as of 14 August 2015; up 56,097 Images since 3 February 2015.

Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and digital images of marriages recorded in Georgia counties. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later. – There are 683,052 Records and 238,921 Images as of 17 August 2015; up 63,393 Images since 12 March 2013.

Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-1938 — Searchable Index — Name index of birth certificates as recorded at Cook County, Illinois – including the City of Chicago.– There are 1,877,027 2,249,859 Records as of 27 August 2015; up 574,195 Records since 16 April 2015.

Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977 — Searchable Index — Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas. – There are 1,677,801 Records as of 31 August 2015.

[NEW] California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Records from San Francisco County, California including an alphabetical newspaper clipping file of the “San Francisco Examiner”, death reports, general index, indexes to deeds, deeds, indexes to marriage certificates, marriage licenses, indexes to naturalizations, naturalization records, coroner’s records, and alien registrations. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 60,253 Records and 1,036,854 Images as of 2 September 2015.

[NEW] South Dakota, Department of Health, Index to Births 1843-1914 and Marriages 1950-2014 — Searchable Index — Indexes provided by the South Dakota Department of Health. – There are 693,053 Records as of 2 September 2015.

Montana, Granite County Records, 1865-2009 — Browsable Images — Images of probate, land and property, naturalization, divorce and vital records from the County Clerk’s Office in Philipsburg. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 108,688 Images as of 8 September 2015.

Delaware, Wilmington Vital Records, 1847-1954 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Images of birth, marriage, and death records from Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware. Includes some indexes. The birth records end in the year 1919.– There are 207,577 Records and 25,875 Images as of 9 September 2015; up 297,577 Records since 12 October 2012.

New York, Yates County, Swann Vital Records Collection, 1723-2009 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of the Swann Vital Records Collection from the Yates County Genealogical and Historical Society in Penn Yan, New York. A collection of compiled genealogy, newspaper clippings, bible pages, and family records. The Society named the collection after Frank L. Swann (1894-1987) who was the Yates County Historian from 1956 to 1980. Additional indexed records will be published as they become available.– There are 97,772 Records and 87,588 Images as of 10 September 2015; up 15,328 records since 6 June 2014.

[NEW] Utah, Eureka and Payson, Births and Deaths, 1889-1903 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of a single register of births and deaths from the cities of Eureka and Payson. The book was donated by a member of the LDS Church and likely originated from a local government entity. Most of the pages in the register are blank so the total number of names is minimal. Images are being added to the collection as they become available. – There are 21 Records and 1 Image as of 16 September 2015.

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images —Index to obituaries from thousands of newspapers throughout the United States. Records are being published as they become available. This collection is created in partnership with www.GenealogyBank.com. – There are 15,860,544 Records and 16,534,308 10,874,549 Images as of 16 September 2015; up 5,659,759 Images since 27 June 2015.

[NEW] New York Probate Records, 1629-1971 — Browsable Images — Images from probate records in various county Surrogate Courts in New York. The content of the probate records and their year range vary by county. Most records end in the 1920s with some indexes continuing to the year 1971. – There are 14,045,639 Images as of 21 September 2015.

Mississippi, Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892; 1908-1957 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — These records are lists of students prepared by the counties and school districts. School records can be a viable substitute for birth records. These include the names of both black and white students. The early records include the names of students and the school attended. More recent records include the age of the child and a parent or guardian’s name.– There are 14,268,013 Records and 211,757 Images as of 23 September 2015; up 14,268,013 Records since August 2012.

Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001 — Browsable Images — Vital and town records acquired from local town clerk offices. Some entries contain birth dates earlier than their date of recording. Additional images and indexed records will be published as they become available. Some of these records have been indexed and are searchable. – There are 16,142 Records and 1,962,488 Images as of 26 June 2015; up 16,142 Records and 254,908 Images since 26 June 2015.

Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of Utah statewide death certificates.– There are 322,898 263,277 Records and 276,582 263,126 Images as of 25 September 2015; up 59,621 Records and 13,456 Images since 17 March 2014.

Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1910, 1960 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — This collection includes birth records and index for 1910. It also includes marriage and death records and indexes for 1960. This collection is being published as images become available.– There are 17,605 Records and 20,713 19,330 Images as of 25 September 2015; up 17,605 Records and 1,383 since 6 December 2011.

Missouri, State and Territorial Census Records, 1732-1933 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and digital images of extant state and territorial censuses for early counties in Missouri. This collection includes records from the Missouri State Archives and from FamilySearch. Images and index data will be added to this collection as they become available.– There are 96,082 Records and 12,444 283 Images as of 25 September 2015; up 161 Images since 22 August 2014.

Utah, Weber County Marriages, 1887-1939 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images —Images of marriage applications, licenses and certificates located at the Weber County Courthouse in Ogden. – There are 94,859 Records and 94,722 Images as of 28 September 2015; up 94,859 Records and 2,098 Images since 21 November 2014.

Idaho, County Birth and Death Records, 1883-1929 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — County birth and death registers acquired for the following counties: Ada, Bannock, Bingham, Blaine, Bonner, Bonneville, Boundary, Canyon, Cassia, Clearwater, Elmore, Fremont, Kootenai, Latah, Nez Perce, Owyhee, Shoshone, Twin Falls and Washington counties. Coverage varies between counties.– There are 33,063 Records and 2,426 Images as of 28 September 2015; up 33,063 Records since 12 December 2013.

Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — County record collections from the following record custodians. History Museum in Great Falls: Probate, voter registers, naturalization and immigration records. Great Falls Genealogy Society: Probate case files, # 535-3165, 1903-1926; court orders for dependent children, 1903-1937; old age applications, naturalization records, pre 1945. County Clerk’s Office: Deeds from 1880-1941 and index to 1995. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 540,988 461,167 Records and 614,573 Images as of 28 September 2015, up 79,821 Records since 8 April 2015.

Montana, Teton County Records, 1881-2012 — Browsable Images — Images of vital records, naturalization index, land index and probate records from the clerk of court, clerk and recorder offices in Choteau. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 11,394 Records and 117,351 Images as of 28 September 2015; up 11,394 Records from 9 April 2014.

Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Digital images of records created in Missouri counties including recorded marriages, marriage applications, licenses, and certificates, naturalizations and other court records. This collection is being published as images become available.– There are 515,186 Records and 2,512,894 Images as of 30 September 2015; up 356230 Records and 5,386 Images since 1 May 2015.

[NEW] Virginia, Richmond City Birth Index, 1870-1912 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Card index to births in the city of Richmond, Virginia, 1870-1912. The cards are generally arranged alphabetically by the surname and given name(s) of the individual. – There are 53,488 Records and 53,470 Images as of 2 October 2015.

United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Images of over 621,000 applications for headstones received by the Cemeterial Division of the Quartermaster General from two National Archive microfilm publications. The first publication, over 290,000 applications, covers 1925-1941 and is M1916. Most are for veterans of the Civil War or later. A few may cover earlier wars. The second publication, over 331,000 applications, covers 1941-1949 and is M2113. These records are part of Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, Record Group (RG) 92. – There are 997,064 Records and 994,740 Images as of 2 October 2015, up 352,726 Records since 27 April 2015.

Florida, Probate Records, 1784-1990 — Browsable Images — Collection of probate records, including case files, wills and other documents created by the probate courts of various Florida counties. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. The records in this collection were created 1784-1990, but the content and time period of the records varies by county.– There are 662,980 Images as of 7 October 2015; up 2,686 Records since previous entry.

Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934 — Searchable Index — Name indexes and images of county marriages from the state of Illinois. Currently this collection is 63% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 1,533,245 Records as of 9 October 2015; up 2,858 Records since 25 June 2015.

[NEW] Maine, J. Gary Nichols Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1999 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Transcripts of tombstones from various Maine cemeteries. – There are 181,845 Records and 177,468 Images as of 9 Ocober 2015.

[NEW] Utah, Tremonton and Garland, 1959-2013 — Browsable Images — Index and images of obituaries collected by the LDS family history center in Tremonton and Garland.. – There are 18,267 Images as of 9 October 2015.

Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Images and partial index of marriage records from Washington counties. The index includes marriage records for Clallam, Lewis, Pacific, Snohomish, Thurston, and Wahkiakum Counties. Images for both indexed and non-indexed counties are available in the browse. Additional records from other counties will be added to this collection as they become available.– There are 376,989 48,385 Records and 812,604 804,984 Images as of 15 October 2015; up 328,604 Records and 7,620 Images since 29 January 2015.

Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of county marriage records acquired from local courthouses. Currently this collection is 79% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 4,616,425 Records and 1,582,333 Images as of 15 October 2015; up 79,936 Records and 19,171 Images since 20 March 2015.

Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name indexes and images of Tennessee county marriages from 1790 through 1950 acquired from local courthouses. This collection contains searchable index data and images for marriage registers, marriage licenses, marriage bonds, and marriage certificates. Currently this collection is 21% complete. Additional records by county will be added as they are completed. Some images may not be viewable due to contract restrictions.– There are 4,599,297 4,590,990 Records and 2,953,561 Images as of 15 October 2015; up 8,307 Records since 26 June 2015.

New York, County Marriages, 1847-1848; 1908-1936  — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of New York county marriage records. New York state began requiring marriage records for each county in 1908. The collection includes the following counties: Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Essex, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Nassau, Niagara, Oneida, Ontario, Orange, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Putnam, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schuyler, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westchester, Wyoming, and Yates. The collection does not include New York City nor its boroughs. Only part of this set of images is currently Indexed. Indexing of the remaining images is in process and will be added as it is completed. – There are 1,111,266 Records and 955,515 Images as of 15 October 2015; up 474,679 Records since 23 April 2015.

Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Marriage records created by Kentucky counties. Records include bonds, license, certificates, and returns.– There are 515,304 Records and 1,084,403 Images as of 15 October 2014; up 331,212 Records since 4 September 2014.

Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934 — Searchable Index — Name indexes for county marriages in Iowa. Currently, portions of the following counties are represented in this collection: Adair, Appanoose, Audubon, Boone, Buchanan, Calhoun, Clarke, Clinton, Crawford, Davis, Decatur, Des Moines, Dickinson, Dubuque, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Lucas, Madison, Mahaska, Marshall, Mitchell, Monroe, Muscatine, Plymouth, Shelby, Tama, Van Buren, Webster, Winneshiek, Wright. Currently this collection is 86% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 2,204,797 Records as of 15 October 2015; up 35,637 Records since 21 March 2014.

[NEW] New Hampshire Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of New Hampshire marriage records. These records consist of cards giving the names of the bride and groom with the town and date of the marriage and often much more information. With the town and date, the original records can usually be located. Note – there are two images for each marriage.– There are 96,665 Records and 96,581 Images as of 15 October 2015.

Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995 — Searchable Index and  Browsable Images — Images of county marriages from Clear Creek, Fremont, Kit Carson, Logan, Moffat, Phillips, Saguache, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma counties.– There are 129,976 Records and 49,690 Images as of 15 October 2015; up 129,976 Records since 14 June 2012.

Pennsylvania Civil Marriages, 1677-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — This collection includes civil marriage records created in Pennsylvania counties. The records include registers, affidavits and marriage licenses. In some instances, divorce records are recorded with marriages.– There are 241,745 Records and 1,117,101 Images as of 15 October 2015.

Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Marriages recorded in Louisiana Parishes (counties). Currently this collection is 17% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 1,060,742 Records and 54,003 Images as of 15 October 2015; up 1,023,241Records since 21 December 2011.

Oklahoma, County Marriages, 1890-1995 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of marriage records from counties in Oklahoma. Currently this collection is 47% complete. Additional records by county will be added as they are completed.– There are 1,063,286 Records and 345,859 Images as of 16 October 2015; up 49,517 Records since 3 December 2014.

North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of marriage records from North Carolina county courthouses. These records include licenses, marriage applications, marriage bonds, marriage certificates, marriage packets and cohabitation registers. Currently, portions of the following counties are represented in this collection: Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Ashe, Beaufort, Bladen, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Camden, Carteret, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cherokee, Chowan, Cleveland, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Davidson, Davie, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Gates, Granville, Halifax, Hanover, Hyde, Johnston, Lincoln, Macon, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Northampton, Pitt, Richmond, Rowan, Surry, Wilkes. This collection is 46% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 1,838,985 Records and 889,672 Images as of 16 October 2015; up 794,839 Records and 423,328 Images since 12 May 2014.

Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004 — Browsable Images — Images of county birth and death records acquired from county courthouses. The collections consist of registers and certificates from Broadwater, Deer Lodge, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Powell and Silver Bow counties.– There are 448,484 Records and 260,134 Images as of 20 October 2015; up 448,484 Records since 5 June 2012.

Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992 — Searchable Index —Compilation of county death records. The collection contains indexes, death records, certificates, registers, etc. for 98 of the 99 counties. – There are 543,429 503,921 Records as of 3 November 2015; up 38,508 Records since 30 October 2014.

Delaware Vital Records, 1650-1974 — Browsable Images — A collection of various vital records from the Delaware Public Archives. The collection includes birth, marriage, death, bible, and cemetery records spanning various year ranges.– There are 624,395 Records and 3,133,093 3,125,879 Images as of 4 Novermber 2015; up 1,158,573 Images since 24 April 2014.

North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of estate files from North Carolina counties. The originals were filmed at the North Carolina Department of Archives and History. The estate records contain loose papers relating to the settlement of estates including such matters as provision for heirs including minor children as well as distribution of funds, land and property, including slaves. This project was indexed in partnership with the North Carolina Genealogical Society and Library. – There are 207,964 Records and 4,946,676 Images as of 4 November 2015.

Canadian Records

Prince Edward Island Death Card Index, 1721-1905 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Images of index cards. Information comes from various sources, newspapers, cemeteries, churches, etc.– There are 16,788 Records and 15,903 Images as of 21 September 2015; up 16,788 Records since 31 August 2010.

British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — These are death registrations including overseas casualties, delayed death registrations, and delayed registrations of Native American deaths. Due to privacy legislation by government British Columbia, some images have been restricted from viewing. FamilySearch will publish more images as they become available.– There are 1,216,343 Records and 1,162,756 Images as of 5 October 2015; up 317,454 Records since 3 October 2014.

British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — These are marriage registrations. Due to privacy legislation by government British Columbia, some images have been restricted from viewing. FamilySearch will publish more images as they become available.– There are 143,411 124,593 Records and 141,209 Images as of 9 October 2015; up 18,818 Records since 3 October 2014.

Nova Scotia Delayed Births, 1837-1904 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Delayed birth registrations housed at the Archives of Nova Scotia in Halifax. – There are 143,618 Records and 70,782 Images as of 27 October 2015; up 72,694 Records since 28 January 2015.

New FamilySearch Database Collections Posted For October 26, 2015

The following is from FamilySearch:

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Take a virtual trip around the world by diving into FamilySearch’s 2044 free online historic record collections. Some of this week’s additions include Brazil São Paulo Immigration Cards 1902-1980, Czech Republic Land Records 1450-1889, Montana County Births and Deaths 1840-2004, and Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1840-1896.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Argentina National Census 1869 – 0 – 1,851 – Added images to an existing collection
Brazil São Paulo Immigration Cards 1902-1980 – 107,018 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Czech Republic Land Records 1450-1889 – 0 – 236,483 – Added images to an existing collection
Dominican Republic Civil Registration 1801-2010 – 36,372 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
El Salvador Civil Registration 1704-1977 – 78,348 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Montana County Births and Deaths 1840-2004 – 448,484 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1840-1896 – 0 – 147,248 – Added images to an existing collection
United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors 1775-1783 – 0 – 17,891 – New browsable image collection.

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