The following U.S.A. & Canadian vital-records oriented databases have been recently added or updated at FamilySearch.org. The last updates were done in parts ranging from birth records on 19 November 2012 to Death and Probate records update on 11 December 2012. This blog updates all five of the Online Database groups (see below) through 24 January 2013.

We’ve also updated all five of the GenealogyBlog Online Database Links Files.
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THE FOLLOWING DATABASES WERE RECENTLY POSTED OR UPDATED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG:

Iowa County Births 1880-1935Index to the birth records created by the counties of Iowa. When completed it will contain records for all of the 99 counties in the state. This collection is 30% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. From the Iowa County Clerks. Digital images of originals housed at various county courthouses in the State of Iowa. Birth records. FHL microfilm, 338 reels – 2,013,193 records as of 21 November 2012 – up 1,317,033 records since 26 April 2012.

[NEW] Idaho, Lincoln County Records, 1886-1972 – Browsable Images – Vital records, coroner’s inquests, military discharges, deeds, patents, probate case files and registers of cases located at the Clerk of the District Court, Clerk and Recorder Offices in Shoshone. This collection is being published as images become available. – 29,018 images as of 22 November 2012.

[NEW] Idaho, Lincoln County Records, 1886-1972 – Browsable Images – Vital records, coroner’s inquests, military discharges, deeds, patents, probate case files and registers of cases located at the Clerk of the District Court, Clerk and Recorder Offices in Shoshone. This collection is being published as images become available. – 29,018 images as of 22 November 2012.

Montana, Beaverhead County Records, 1862-2009 – Browsable Images - Images of various record types from the county clerk and recorder offices in Dillon, Montana. Records include voter registration, land and property records, and birth and death records. This collection is being published as images become available – 71,761 images as of 27 November 2012.

Massachusetts, State Vital Records, 1841-1920 – Browsable Imaged Records – Massachusetts births, marriages and deaths, 1916-1920 and state amendments to vital records, 1841-1920 located at the state archives in Boston. This collection is being published as images become available; 742,549 images as of 29 November 2012 – up17,486 images since 17 April 2012.

Montana, Yellowstone County Records, 1881-2011 – Browsable Images - Images of vital, probate, deeds and discharge records from the county courthouse in Billings. This collection is being published as images become available – 124,478 images as of 30 November 2012.

Idaho, Lemhi County Records, 1868-1964 – Browsable Images – Marriage, coroners, deeds, declarations of intention, discharges, estate files, school census and student records from the county courthouse in Salmon. This collection is being published as images become available. 129,909 images as of 3 December 2012.

Oregon, Columbia County Records 1854-1858Imaged 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 Land and Property (1854-1920), Civil Registration – Marriages (1854-1958), Naturalization / Citizenship 1891-1945), Tax (1898-1908); 91,013 images as of 5 December 2012.

Ohio, Jefferson County Court Records, 1797-1940Browsable Imaged Records – Birth and probate records from Jefferson County, Ohio. This collection is being published as images become available. An index is being created in cooperation with the Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society and will be published as it becomes available. Contact the county courthouse to get the case number for a deceased person – 591,571 images as of 5 December 2012. Up 417,630 images from 5 June 2012.

New York, Buffalo, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Records, 1812-1970 – Browsable Images – Images of baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Buffalo, New York. Only burial records go beyond the 1950s. This collection is being published as images become available; 3,240 images images as of 5 December 2012.

New Jersey, Calvary United Methodist Church Records, 1821-2003 – Browsable Images – Church records of the Calvary United Methodist Church (formerly known as Calvary Methodist Episcopal Church) in Keyport, New Jersey. This collection is being published as images become available. Includes funeral records – 2,631 images as of 5 December 2012.

[NEW] Utah, Tooele County Records, 1855-1956 – Images Records - Marriage affidavits, grantor and grantee indexes, deeds, land abstracts, discharges, naturalization records, will index and other land indexes located at the county courthouse in Tooele. This collection is being published as images become available; 114,486 images as of 10 December 2012.

Washington, County Records 1856-2009 – Indexed & Imaged Records – The collection consists of various records including official actions, probate records, indexes, etc. The records are from various counties in Washington State, 1856-2009. This is an ongoing collection. The counties will be added to the collection as their records are available. Browse the collection to determine current record and county coverage; 1,911,081 records and 3,735,146 images as of 20 December 2012 – up  1,052,618 images as of 13 December 2012.

California, San Mateo County Records – 1855-1991 – Browsable Imaged Records – County records including marriage intentions (1856 to 1943), naturalizations, deeds, patents, homesteads, and military service discharges. This collection is being published as images become available. – 1,513,645  images as of 17 November 2012 – up 270,440 images from 17 July 2012.

Ohio County Marriages, 1789-1994 – Name index and images of county marriage records acquired from local courthouses. Currently this collection is 75% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed; 3,556,062 records and 2,243,140 images as of 26 December 2012 – up 429,806 records and 812,622 images since 2 April 2012.

BillionGraves Index – Indexed Records - Name index of burial records courtesy of BillionGraves which is an expansive family history database of records and images from the world’s cemeteries, all tagged with GPS locations. Volunteers around the world capture images of headstones in a cemetery and upload them to the site; 2,485,628 records as of 26 December 2012; up 103,161 records since 7 December 2012.

Texas, Comanche County Records, 1858-1955Browsable Images – Not indexed yet – Records from Comanche County, Texas including births, marriages, divorce minutes, court records, probate records, and scholastic census records; 321,826 images as of 2 January 2013- up 681 images as of 19 June 2011.

[NEW] Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1629-1983 – Imaged Records - Images of probate records from court record collections housed at the Register of Wills in Maryland. Probate records often include wills, and other records dealing with the administration of estates including bonds, inventories, guardianships, real estate, and various indexes to the records. Includes the following counties: Allegany, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington, and Worcester. Also includes records from Baltimore City. This collection is being published as images become available; 1,233,459 images as of 2 January 2013.

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, Jefferson, Jennings, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, Lawrence, 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 54% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. – 2,149,087 records and 1,722,362 images as of 2 January 2013 – up 81,768 records and 19691 images since 22 November 2012.

New York, Frank S. Rowland Church Register, 1889-1917 – Imaged Records - Digital images of a church register kept by Frank S. Rowland (1859-1917), Methodist (Episcopal) minister. Reverend Rowland served congregations in Hornellsville, Hartsville, Rochester, Buffalo, and Olean, New York; Detroit, Michigan; and Winona, Minnesota. The register contains marriages and burials; 97 images as of 12 January 2013.

[NEW] Ohio, Stark County Probate Records, 1886-1921 – Imaged Records - Images of probate records from the Stark County Records Center in Canton, Ohio. This collection is being published as images become available; 634 images as of 16 January 2013.

Ohio County Births 1841-2003Indexed and Browsable Images – Name index and images of county birth records in Ohio. The time period and type of record varies by county; 3,378,538 records and 1,896,221 images as of 16 January 2013 – up 51,675 records and 950,187 images since 24 August 2012.

California, Probate Estate Files,1833-1991 – Browsable Images - Estate files of the Probate and Superior Courts in the counties of Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, and Solano. The date ranges of the files will vary; 2,059,415 images as of 16 January 2013 – 3,228 images as of 22 November 2012.

Oklahoma, Probate Records, 1887-2008 – Browsable Images - Probate records and estate files from Oklahoma counties. The content and time period varies by county; 6,044,798 images as of 22 January 2013 – up 1,874 images as of 13 November 2012.

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Nova Scotia Antigonish Catholic Diocese 1823-1905- Index & data abstract to the Nova Scotia Antigonish Catholic Diocese – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish was originally known as the Diocese of Arichat and was established on September 22, 1844. Previously the diocese was part of the Diocese of Quebec. On August 23, 1886, the see was moved from Arichat to the town of Antigonish, and the diocese became the Diocese of Antigonish. The diocese covers seven counties in northeastern Nova Scotia: Richmond, Inverness, Victoria, Cape Breton, Antigonish, Pictou and Guysborough. Catholic records are traditionally kept on the parish level so the registers are usually found at the church where the event occurred. – This is a partner project with the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia to index digital-born images for this Catholic diocese. The images contain church records for some, but not all parishes in the diocese and include christenings, marriages and births. The data from this project will be used for family reconstruction prototype projects at GSU and shared with GANS. The original records are housed at Diocese of Antigonish, Antigonish, Nova Scotia; 91,875 records and 20,928 images as of 29 November 2012.

[NEW] British Columbia, Estate Files, 1859-1949 – Imaged Records - Probate estate files for the Judicial Districts of British Columbia. Records were created by either the County Court or the Supreme Court. Years vary by court and locality. Indexes exist for two districts, Vancouver and Victoria. The Victoria index is found in this record collection: British Columbia Wills, 1861-1939; Index, 1861-1981; 783,176 images as of 30 November 2012.

[NEW] Saskatchewan, Catholic Church Records, 1846-1957 – Imaged Records - Baptisms, confirmations, marriages, burials, and other records from several Roman Catholic parishes in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. This collection covers church records created 1846-1957, but the content and time period of the records will vary by parish; 6,587 images as of 3 December 2012.

[NEW] Manitoba, Church Records, 1800-1959 – Imaged Records - Baptisms, marriages, deaths and other records from some Catholic, Lutheran and Unitarian parishes in Manitoba. Congregations in rural municipalities often covered multiple communities and are sorted by the locality listed on the record. Includes people from surrounding areas, such as Minnesota; 6,567 images as of 6 December 2012.

[NEW] Prince Edward Island, Church Records, 1777-1985 – Imaged Records - Baptisms, marriages, burials and other records from several churches in these denominations: Anglican Church of Canada, Catholic, Church of Christ, Church of England in Canada, Church of Scotland, Free Church, Methodist, Presbyterian, and United Church of Canada; 22,448 images as of 7 December 2012.

[NEW] Newfoundland, Church Records, 1793-1945 – Imaged Records - Baptisms, marriages and deaths from some Church of England in Canada and Catholic parishes. Coverage years vary by parish; 6,071 images as of 13 December 2012.

Nova Scotia Vital Records 1763-1957 – Index created by the Nova Scotia Archives. Contains registered births 1864-1877 with some birth entries as early as 1810, delayed births 1836-1907, marriages 1763-1932, and deaths 1864-1877, 1908-1957; 807,577 records as of 5 January 2013 – up 2,000 records as of July 3, 2012.

[NEW] Canada, Upper Canada Census, 1842 – Indexed and Imaged Records - Index and images of census records for the modern province of Ontario; 20,851 records and 1,169 images as of 22 January 2013.

[NEW] Canada Census Mortality Schedules, 1871 – Indexed Records - Index of mortality schedules for the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec; 45,371 images as of 24 January 2013.