FamilySearch Adds 2.4 Million Records & Images to Brazil, German, Italy, Netherlands, & the USA
FamilySearch has added 2.4 million indexed records and images this week from Brazil, German, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Peru, Ukraine, the United States, and Venezuela. Notable collection updates include the 1,033,852 images from the new Netherlands, Bibliothéque Wallonne Card Indexes from ca. 1500-1858, collection, and the 449,478 images from the Germany, Brandenburg, Berlin Probate Records from 1796-1853, collection . See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at

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Collection- Indexed Records- Digital Images- Comments

Brazil, Civil Registration, 1870-2012 – 0 – 44,220 – Added images to an existing collection.
Germany, Brandenburg, Berlin, Probate Records, 1796-1853 – 0 – 449,478 – New browsable image collection.
Germany, Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach, Jena, City Directories, 1810-1935 – 0 – 3,721 – New browsable image collection.
Germany, Saxe-Meiningen, Saalfeld an der Saale, Miscellaneous City Records, 1876-1920 – 0 – 8,433 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Benevento, Benevento, Civil Registration (Comune), 1861-1929 – 0 – 5,700 – Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Cagliari, Cagliari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929 – 0 – 53,195 – Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Siracusa, Siracusa, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1900-1942 – 0 – 146,387 – New browsable image collection.
Luxembourg, Census Records, 1843-1900 – 0 – 199 – Added images to an existing collection.
Netherlands, Bibliothéque Wallonne, Card Indexes, ca. 1500-1858 – 0 – 1,033,852 – New browsable image collection.
Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 – 0 – 13,015 – Added images to an existing collection.
Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1890-2005 – 0 – 43,771 – Added images to an existing collection.
Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903-1998 – 0 – 28,331 – New browsable image collection.
Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1840-1845 – 149,902 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Alabama, Estate Files, 1830-1976 – 0 – 181,004 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Maryland, Probate Estate and Guardianship Files, 1796-1940 – 16,963 – 173,751 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
U.S., Oregon, Tillamook County Records, 1854-1967 – 0 – 64,546 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 – 0 – 210 – Added images to an existing collection.
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Merida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2012 – 0 – 7,472 – Added images to an existing collection.

The above is from FamilySearch – April 16, 2013.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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