The following U.S.A. vital-records oriented databases have been added or updated at FamilySearch.org since my last posting made November 26. New data has been added for 24 states & the District of Columbia!
We’ve also updated all five of the GenealogyBlog Online Database Links Files.
- United States Birth & Christening Records Found at FamilySearch.org
- United States Marriage Documents & Indexes Found at FamilySearch.org
- United States Death & Probate Records Found at FamilySearch.org
- Canadian Vital Records Databases Posted at FamilySearch.org
- USA State & Territorial Censuses and Tax Records Found at FamilySearch.org
THE FOLLOWING DATABASES WERE POSTED OR UPDATED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG SINCE NOVEMBER 26, 2011:
California Marriage Index 1960-1985 – Index of marriages from the California Department of Health Services in Sacramento. Index provided by Ancestry.com – 4,879,253 records as of 7 December 2011.
California, San Francisco County Records 1824-1997 – Imaged Records – 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 – 1,034,024 images as of 16 December 2011
Connecticut Death Index 1949-2001 – Index of deaths from the Connecticut Department of Health in Hartford. Index provided by Ancestry.com – 1,408,326 records as of 7 December 2011.
District of Columbia Marriages 1811-1950 – Digital Images – Name index and images of marriage records in the District of Columbia. Currently this collection is 72% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed – 548,666 records as of 10 December 2011 – up 170,985 Records since 21 Apr 2011.
Florida Marriages 1830-1993 – Imaged Records – Name index and images to Florida marriage records. Additional records will be added as indexing is completed – 205,388 records and 153,621 images as of 10 December 2011.
Idaho, Minidoka County Records 1913-1961 – Imaged Records – Marriage, naturalization, land and property, probate, school and military records located at the county courthouse in Rupert. Includes Register of Estates 1913-1929 and 19562-1961 and Marriages Affidatits 1927-1961, Marriage license stubs 1913-1921, Marriage records 1929-1955, and Marrige Register 1908-1962. This collection is being published as images become available – 41,712 images as of 16 December 2011.
Illinois Probate Records 1819-1970 – Browsable Imaged Records – Images of will books, administrations, journals, inventories, guardian’s records, and order books from various counties in Illinois. The content and time period will vary by county. Illinois created probate courts in 1819. This is a collection of probate records, which includes will, indexes, and other documents created to track the distribution of estates of deceased individuals who lived in Illinois. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. This collection covers probate records created by Illinois courts, 1819-1970, but the content and time period of the records will vary by county. A few additional county court records are also present. 738,449 images as of 20 December 2011 – up 68,861 images since 29 November 2011.
Indiana Marriages 1811-1959 – Indexed in partnership with the Indiana Genealogical Society. Name index of marriages recorded in the Indiana Territory and in the State of Indiana between 1811 and 1959. This collection includes searchable index data for marriage returns and licenses from the following counties: Adams, Allen, Bartholomew, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Brown, Carroll, Clark, Clay, Daviess, Dearborn, Decatur, De Kalb, Delaware, Dubois, Elkhart, Fayette, Floyd, Fountain, Franklin, Fulton, Gibson, Hamilton, Harrison, Hendricks, Henry, Huntington, Jackson, Jay, Marshall, Ohio, Owen, Rush, and Sullivan. Microfilm copies of original records are available at the Family History Library and at family history centers. Currently this collection is 53% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. – 1,533,663 records as of 16 December 2011 – up 145,084 records since 5 November 2011.
Indiana Death Index 1882-1920 – Index of deaths from the Indiana State Board of Health, Division of Vital Records in Indianapolis. Index provided by Ancestry.com – 793,965 records as of 7 December 2011.
Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954 –Imaged Records – Marriage records created by Kentucky counties. Records include bonds, license, certificates, and returns – 70,068 records and 49,514 images as of 16 December 2011 – up 66,988 records and 46,624 images since 17 November 2011.
Louisiana, Parish Marriages 1837-1957 – Imaged Records – Marriages recorded in Louisiana Parishes (counties). Currently this collection is 17% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed – 54,003 images as of December 20, 2011.
Louisiana, Orleans Parish 1910, 1960 – Imaged Records – 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 – 19,220 images as of 7 December 2011.
Maine, Aroostook County, Probate Records, 1837-2007 – Imaged Records – Indexes, books, dockets and estate files located in the probate office in Houlton, Maine – 129686 images as of December 1, 2011.
Maine, Washington County Courthouse Records 1785-1950 – Imaged Records – Records from the Washington County Courthouse including revolutionary war, probate and census records – Indexes to these records are included – Includes probate indexes, notices and records – 99,893 images as of 5 December 2011 – up 8,652 images since 20 September, 2011.
Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1792-1983 – Digital images from court records at the Register of Wills in Maryland. Includes the following counties: Baltimore City, Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Prince George’s, and Queen Anne’s and Somerset (NEW). This collection is being published as images become available – Browse through 507,752 images as of 9 Deecember 2011.
Massachusetts Death Index 1970-2003 – Index of deaths from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Health Services in Boston. Index provided by Ancestry.com – 2,037,187 records as of 7 December 2011.
Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Estate files 1686-1881 – Imaged Records – Probate estate files of Plymouth County located at Suffolk County Courthouse in Boston. The files are arranged by number then alphabetical by surname. The files cover the Series 1, 1686-1881. This collection is being published as images become available – 151,004 as of 20 December 2011 – up 35,108 images since 21 November 2011.
Michigan Death Index 1971-1996 – Index of deaths from the Michigan Department of Vital and Health Records in Lansing. Index provided by Ancestry.com – 2,052,472 records as of December 17, 2011.
Minnesota Birth Index 1935-2002 – Index of births from the Minnesota Department of Health in Minneapolis. Index provided by Ancestry.com – 4,267,629 records as of 7 December 2011.
Minnesota Death Index 1908-2002 – Indexes of deaths from the Minnesota Department of Health in Minneapolis. Index provided by Ancestry.com – 2,931,700 Records as of 17 December 2011.
Montana Death Index 1860-2007 – Index of deaths from the State of Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Office of Vital Statistics in Helena. Index provided by Ancestry.com – 663,371 records as of 7 December 2011.
Montana, Cascade County Records, 1888-1945 – Imaged Records – 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; Vital Records; and County Court Records that include an Index to Wills Vol 1 1895-1930 and the Records of Wills Vol 1 1901-1930. Included are Cemetery Records, Obituaries, and Probate Records. This collection is being published as images become available. 438,302 images as of 23 December 2011.
New York County Marriages 1908-1935 – Name index and images of New York county marriage records. The collection includes the following counties: Allegheny, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chatauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Essex, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, 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, and portions of Wyoming. The collection does not include New York City nor its boroughs. The collections is currently 31% complete – 505,888 records as of 23 December 2011 – up 130,979 since 17 September 2011.
New York Orange County Probate Records 1787-1938 – Imaged Records of probate records and estate files from the Orange County Surrogate’s Court in Goshen, New York. At this time this collection does not have a name index or any finding aid. – It is published by volume and year range – 359,950 images as of 20 December 2011 – up 117,114 images since 29 November 2011.
New York Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1921 – Images of probate records and proceedings from the Queens County Surrogate’s Court in Jamaica, New York. – 262,708 images as of 29 November 2011 – up 46,551 records since 14 September 2011.
North Carolina Birth Index 1800-2000 – Index of births from the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh. Index provided by Ancestry.com – 6,957,269 records as of 13 December 2011.
North Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970 – Imaged Records – Collection of various county records including, wills, guardianships, estates, voter registration books, coroner’s inquests, etc. It was filmed at the North Carolina Department of Archives and History in Raleigh. This collection is being published as images become available. The collection includes Beaufort County Wills 1808-1968; Columbus County Estate Files 1812-1968; Durham County Widow’s Dower & Year’s Support 1881-1944 (indexed in front of book); Gaston County Estates 1839-1970 & Wills 1847-1968 Vol. 38-41; Lincoln County Marriage Records 1892-1916; Mecklenburg County Estate Files 1880-1952; Northampton Coroner’s reports 1793-1905; Northampton County Estate Records 1782-1930; Richmond County Coroner’s inquests 1906-1967; Stanley County Coroner’s inquests 1914-1957; and Wake County Death Certifiicates 1900-1909 – 298,906 images as of 19 December 2011 – up 109,855 images since Sept 17, 2011.
North Carolina County Marriages 1762-1979 – 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: Alexander, Almace, Anson, Ashe, Beaufort, Bladen, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Camden, Carteret, Caswell, Catabwa, Chatham, Cherokee, Chowan, Cleveland, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Davidson, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Gates, Granville, Halifax, Hanover, Hyde, Johnston, Lincoln, Macon, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Northampton, Pitt, Richmond, Rowan, Surry, and Wilkes. This collection is 33% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed – 570,532 Records and 221,921 images as of 19 December 2011 – up 525,328 records and 102,263 images since 3 December 2010!
North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1917 – Imaged Records – 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 – 42,069 indexed records and 956,421 images as of 16 December 2011 – up 9,972 records and 267,729 images since 30 October 2011.
Ohio Marriages 1800-1958 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Ohio – Based on records from the IGI – 2,185,849 records as of 23 December, 2011.
Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Ohio – based on the IGI – 2,535,557 Records as of 23 Decmber 2011.
Ohio, Stark County Coroner’s Records – 1890-2002 – Imaged Records – Images of Coroner’s Inquest books, reports, and case files from the courthouse in Canton, Ohio. This collection is being published as images become available – 56,154 images as of 29 November 2011 – 45,057 Images as of 29 November 2011 – Up 11,097 images since 28 October, 2011.
Oklahoma County Marriages – 1891-1959 – Name index and images of marriage records from counties in Oklahoma – Counties included so far include Adair, Alfalfa, Atoka, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Bryan, Caddo, Canadian, Dewey, Garfield, Harmon, Hughes, Jackson, Jefferson, and Kingfisher Counties. Other counties are now probably included, but I couldn’t find a list. More counties will be added over time.- 390,774 records indexed from 260,712 images as of 17 December 2011.
Oregon, County Marriages, 1851-1975 – Index and images of marriage records from counties in Oregon. These records include licenses amd marriage certificates and are arranged by county, volume, and date. Currently this collection is 49% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed – 104,501 records and 46,644 images as of 10 Decmber 2011.
Oregon Death Index 1903-1998 – Death index from the Oregon State Archives and Record Center. Index provided by Ancestry.com – 1,447,641 records as of 7 December 2011.
Oregon, Columbia County Records 1854-1858 – Imaged Records – This collection includes digital images of land and property, marriage, and naturalization records and indexes digitally captured at the Columbia County Courthouse in St. Helens, Oregon. This collection is being published as images become available – Includes Marriage Indexes 1854-1899, and Marriage Records 1854-1961 – 91,079 images as of 19 December 2011 – up 14,420 images since 1 November 2011.
Oregon, Wasco County Records, 1854-1960 – Imaged Records – Index to Marriages 1854-1972; Marriage Certificates 1873-1887; Marriage Records 1856-1962 – 48,987 Images as of December 2, 2011.
Pennsylvania County Marriages 1885-1950 – Imaged Records – Name index and images of county marriage records acquired from local courthouses. Most of the records consist of marriage licenses, certificates, and affidavits, docket books, with a few marriage declarations & Justice of the Peace marriages – 1,325,465 records and 1,167,074 images as of 23 December 2011.
Texas Birth Index 1903-1997 – Index of births from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Index provided by Ancestry.com – 17,102,207 records as of 7 December 2011.
Texas Deaths, 1977-1986 – Imaged Records – Images of Texas statewide death certificates, including delayed certificates, from the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin. Additional certificates will be added to the collection as they become available. Certificates for 1978 are currently posted by county. 314,176 images as of 23 December 2011 – up 183,968 images since 11 November 2011.
Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 – Imaged Records – Name index and images of Texas statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index was created by FamilySearch, and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903 – 4,281,854 Records & 4,485,448 images as of 8 December 2011.
Vermont, Bennington County, Manchester District Estate Files, 1779-1935 – Imaged Records – Images of probate estate files in alphabetical order. Each estate file consists of multiple images. This collection is being published as images become available – 78,681 images as of 19 December 2011.
Vermont, Franklin County Probate Records, 1796 to 1921 – Imaged Records – Images of probate papers located at the Public Records Office, General Service Center, Middlesex. This collection is being published as images become available – 139,160 images as of 16 December 2011.
Washington State County Records 1885-1950 – Imaged Records – Collection of various records including official actions, probate records, indexes, etc. The records are from various counties in Washington State, 1885-1950. This is an ongoing collection – Currently contains records for Adams (Birth Returns 1894-1942, Probate bonds 1903-1923, Probate Case files 1885-1945, Probate Letters 1904-1927, Probate Records 1885-1931, Record of Probate Claims 1903-1917, and Record of Wills 1888-1959); Asotin (Probate Case Files 1901-1937); Benton (Birth records 1905-1907), (Marriage records 1905-2008(, and (Probate case files 1895-1910); Chelan – (Marriage records 1900-2002); Douglas (Marriage license applications 1939-1952); Lincoln (Probate Journals 1917-1960, Probate Records 1897-1917 and wills 1884-1945)*; Pend Oreille (Birth records, 1912-1948), (Marriage records 1911-1947), (Probate Case records 1889-1936 and wills 1907-1975); Pierce county; Spokane county (Marriage Applications 1939-2009, Marriage Applications and Certificates 1930-1939,
Wisconsin Death Index 1959-1997 – Index of deaths from the Wisconsin Vital Records Office in Madison. Index provided by Ancestry.com – 1,629,093 records as of 7 December, 2011.
Wisconsin Probate Estate Files, 1848-1933 – Images of probate estate case files from various counties in Wisconsin. This collection includes Fond du Lac County (1848-1917), Green County (1848-1885), Jackson County (1897-1935), Pepin County (1900-1935), Shawano County (1861-1933) and Trempealeau County (1900-1920). From Wisconsin State Historical Society & FHL digital images – 693,617 images as of 16 December 2011 – Up 37,822 since 5 November 2011.
Wisconsin, Shawano and Oconto Counties 1850-2007 – Imaged Records – Images of miscellaneous records from the Shawano Wisconsin Family History Center. The collection includes a partial obituary index, original obituaries, land plat books and an index to the 1910 US Census for Shawano County. Additional images will be published as they become available. This collection includes Shawano County Obituaries from 1894 to 2005 – excluding many years. 27,614 images as of 9 December 2011.
United States, Applications for Headstones for Military Veterans, 1925-1941 – Imaged Records – Images of applications for headstones received by the Cemeterial Division of the Quartermaster General. Most are for veterans of the Civil War or later. A few may cover earlier wars. 298,268 indexed records & 323,560 images as of December 8, 2011 – From the Quartermaster General. Applications for Headstones for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1941. Record Group 92, NARA publication M1916. United States. Federal Archives and Records Center. Washington D.C.
United States, Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans, 1879-1903 – Imaged Records – Images of card records used to provide headstones for deceased Union veterans. Most burials occurred in private cemeteries though some may have occurred in National Soldier Home cemeteries. Gravestones were provided to Union soldiers who died between 1861 and 1903. Some cards may include War of 1812 veterans.The gravestones were provided between 1879-1903 by the United States government. Some of the names on the cards may be difficult to read – 169,253 Indexed records and 19,265 Images as of December 8, 2011 – From the Cemetery Branch in the Office of the Quartermaster General. Records of Headstones Provided Deceased Union Civil War Veterans, ca 1879-1903. NARA publication M1845. Federal Archives and Records Center. Washington D.C.