Indexing Volunteers Eclipse 2011 Production Milestone at FamilySearch.org

This update was just release form FamilySearch.org:

November 28 2012

Indexing Volunteers Eclipse 2011 Production Milestone

2012 has been a year of setting records, from the completion of the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project two months early, to an indexing marathon that indexed and arbitrated over 10.3 million records in 24 hours. FamilySearch indexers have shown there is no limit to their excitement, dedication, and ability to interpret sometimes-difficult handwriting. So far this year, our volunteers have helped make 249,109,019 records searchable on FamilySearch.org. That’s over 92.5 million more records than were published last year, and we still have more than 30 days to go.

Current and Completed Projects

To view a list of currently available indexing projects, along with their record language and completion percentage, visit the FamilySearch indexing updates page. To learn more about individual projects, view the FamilySearch.

New Projects Added

Argentina, 1869 Census [3]
Australia, Queensland—Cemetery Records, 1811–1985 [Part B]
Belgium, Limburg, Lommel—Civil Registration, 1808–1890
Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3Q]
Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3R]
Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3S]
Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3T]
Canada, New Brunswick—Provincial Marriages, 1789–1950 [Part B]
Côte d’Ivoire—Préindexation du Recensement de 1975 [2F Partie]
El Salvador—Nacimientos Civiles, 1815–1931 [Parte 2]
Ghana, Western Region, Ahanta—Census, 1982–1984
Italia (Antenati Italiani), Caltanissetta—Nati, 1880–1887 [Parte 2]
Italia (Antenati Italiani), Cuneo—Nati, 1875–1899 [Parte 2]
Italia (Antenati Italiani), Napoli—Nati, 1809–1865 [Parte 1C]
Italia (Antenati Italiani), Napoli, Quartiere Montecalvario—Matrimoni, 1809–1865
Italia (Antenati Italiani), Napoli, Quartiere Montecalvario—Morte, 1809–1865
Italia (Antenati Italiani), Pescara—Nati, 1875–1902 [Parte 2]
Italia (Antenati Italiani), Taranto—Nati, 1880–1887 [Parte 2]
Italia (Antenati Italiani), Vercelli—Nati, 1875–1902 [Parte 2]
New Zealand—Passenger Lists, 1871–1915 [Part 2B]
Nicaragua, Chontales—Registros Civiles, 1879–1984 [Parte C]
Österreich, Wien—Meldezettel, 1850–1928 [2. Teil]
Perú, Puno—Nacimientos Civiles, 1890–1965 [Part C]
Portugal, Setúbal—Registros da Igreja 1581–1910 [Parte B]
Ukraine, L’viv—Greek Catholic Archeparchy Church Books, 1607–1945
U.S. (Community Project), California, Southern—Naturalization Index, 1915–1976
U.S. (Community Project), Idaho, Eastport—Arrival Manifests, 1924–1956
U.S. (Community Project), Maryland, Baltimore—Airplane Passenger Lists, 1954–1957
U.S. (Community Project), Maryland, Baltimore—Passenger Lists, 1891–1948
U.S. (Community Project), Massachusetts, Boston—Passenger Lists, 1891–1943 [Part B]
U.S. (Community Project), New England—Passenger Lists and Crew Lists, 1918–1954
U.S. (Community Project), New York—County Naturalization Card Index, 1792–1976
U.S. (Community Project), New York—Passenger Lists, 1925–1942 [Part J]
U.S. (Community Project), New York—Passenger Lists, 1925–1942 [Part K]
U.S. (Community Project), North Carolina—Passenger Lists and Crew Lists, 1908–1958
U.S. (Community Project), Pennsylvania—Eastern District Naturalization Indexes, 1795–1952
U.S. (Community Project), Washington, Seattle—Passenger Lists, 1890–1957
US—1920 Federal Census
US—General Index to Pension Files 1861–1934 [Part C]
U.S., Colorado—Statewide Marriage Index, 1900–1939
U.S., Florida—County Marriages, 1830–1957 [Part C]
U.S., Indiana, Putnam County Marriages—1811–1959
U.S., Indiana, Scott—County Marriages, 1811–1959
U.S., Indiana, Shelby County – Marriages 1811–1959
U.S., New Mexico—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [Part 4A]
U.S., New York—WWI Draft Registration Cards 1917–1918 [Part 2C]
U.S., New York—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [Part 2D]
U.S., South Dakota—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [Part 4A]
U.S., Utah—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [Part 4A]
U.S., Washington—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [Part 4A]
U.S., Wyoming—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [Part 4A]
Украина, Киев—Метрические книги русской православной церкви, 1849–1851
View the FamilySearch projects page to see the full list of available projects and to learn more about how to participate in various projects.

Recently Completed Projects

Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process. They will be published at familysearch.org in the near future.

Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3H]
España, Lugo—Registros Parroquiales 1530–1930
Italia (Antenati Italiani), Caltanissetta—Nati, 1875–1879
Italia (Antenati Italiani), Modena—Nati, 1875–1900
Italia (Antenati Italiani), Pescara—Nati, 1875–1902
Italia (Antenati Italiani), Vercelli—Nati, 1876–1902
Mexico, Tlaxcala—Nacimientos 1867–1925
Peru—Registros Civiles, 1860–1978 [Parte B]
Perú, Chiclayo y Lambayeque—Registros Civiles, 1873–1950 [Parte A]
Polska, ksiegi metrykalne—Diecezja Radom 1654–1946 [Czesc 2]
UK, England and Wales—1871 Census
U.S. (Community Project), Hawaii, Honolulu—Index to Passenger Records, 1900–1952
U.S. (Community Project), New York—Passenger Lists, 1925–1942 [Part B]
U.S. (Community Project), New York—Passenger Lists, 1925–1942 [Part D]
U.S. (Community Project), New York—Passenger Lists, 1925–1942 [Part F]
U.S. (Community Project), New York—Passenger Lists, 1925–1942 [Part H]
U.S. (Community Project), Pennsylvania, Philadelphia—Passenger Lists, 1883–1945 [Part A]
US—General Index to Pension Files 1861–1934 [Part B]
US—Veterans Pension Cards, 1907–1933 [Part B]
U.S., Colorado—1885 State Census
U.S., Hawaii—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [Part 4]
U.S., Idaho—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [Part 4]
U.S., Indiana, Perry County, Marriages, 1811-1959
U.S., Michigan—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [Part 3A]
U.S., Michigan—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [Part 3B]
U.S., Montana—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [Part 4]
U.S., New Mexico—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [Part 4A]
U.S., New York—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [Part 2A]
U.S., North Dakota—WWI Draft Registration Cards 1917–1918 [Part 4A]
U.S., Ohio—County Birth Records, 1856–2005
U.S., Oregon—WWI Draft Registration Cards 1917–1918 [Part 4A]
U.S., Pennsylvania—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [Part 2A]
U.S., Wisconsin—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [Part 3]
Украина, Киев—Метрические книги русской православной церкви, 1846–1848 [Часть C]
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Ancestry.com Launches New Website Newspapers.com

The following was just released from Ancestry.com:

ANCESTRY.COM LAUNCHES NEW WEB SITE NEWSPAPERS.COM

Online Newspaper Web Site Offers a High-Quality Collection of Digitized and Completely Searchable U.S. Newspapers Dating Back Centuries

(PROVO, Utah) – November 29, 2012 – Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM), the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced the launch of Newspapers.com, a powerful and affordable new web site designed to offer a historically rich collection of more than 800 U.S. newspapers dating from the late 1700s into the early 2000s.

Comprising more than 25 million pages, Newspapers.com offers a trove of historical and present-day newspapers ranging from the New York Times to treasured small town and local newspapers throughout the United States.

Interested users will find centuries of amazing news articles and photos now captured online when browsing hundreds of years of breaking news headlines, searching for information about an ancestor or reading how the media addressed moments in history like the day Charles A. Lindbergh flew over the Atlantic, the opening of Disneyland or news from the fronts during World War I and World War II.

“We’re extremely excited about the launch of Newspapers.com because it offers historical value for people of all ages and areas of interest,” said Brian Hansen, General Manager of Newspapers.com. “Searching newspapers is like searching the Facebook footprint of the past. Not only can you find information on births, marriages and deaths, but you can also get a glimpse into what life was like during a specific era. We hope our users have fun making their own discoveries in this great newspaper collection that will continue to grow over time.”

The search capabilities on Newspapers.com are specifically designed for newspapers enabling users to easily search by keywords, location, time period and newspaper name. From the 1784 Newport Mercury newspaper to a 2009 edition of The Gettysburg Times, users may find old advertisements or job listings, laugh at comics, retrieve family history clues or learn about famous events through the eyes and words of the time period.

The user experience is also enhanced by an image viewer that serves up crisp, high-quality images of the newspapers. Once discovered, newspaper images can easily be clipped, saved and shared via social outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.

Within this growing newspaper collection are a myriad photos and stories that provide unique perspective on history. Examples include:

  • Abraham Lincoln – Abraham Lincoln’s death is noted as “Our Great Loss” in the April 16, 1865 edition of the New York Times
  • Interesting People – The first baby picture of John Jacob Astor VI, whose father perished on the Titanic, is posted among other photos including one of Andrew Carnegie in the 1914 New York Times section labeled “Interesting People Seen Through the Camera’s Eye”
  • Price Changes – See how costs have changed over time, for example the New York Times cost one cent back in 1852, a paper that today costs $2.50 for its weekday edition
  • Marilyn Monroe – A Parade article featuring an exclusive interview with Marilyn Monroe in 1952 talked about how the famous actress saw herself
  • Man on the Moon – In 1969, the first U.S. astronaut on the moon as highlighted in the Iowa Estherville Daily News
  • St. Valentine’s Day Massacre – The day after the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day massacre in Chicago, articles all across America followed the story including The Daily Independent

In addition to the historical view this newspaper collection provides, it also peers into the pop culture of American history. Learn about Lita Grey’s marriage to Charlie Chaplin on November 24, 1924 in the Ohio Zanesville Times Signal. Skim vintage advertisements, such as those by Sears, offering customers the opportunity to trade in old tires for a credit toward new ones in a 1952 advertisement in the Arizona Sun Times. Read your favorite comic strip from years ago, like Peanuts, Hi and Lois and even a 1947 Lil’ Abner comic strip where Daisy Mae laments not being a comic strip character.

Newspapers.com provides an affordable glimpse into the past with a yearly subscription rate of $79.95 for subscribers and $39.95 for Ancestry.com or Fold3.com members. Newspapers.com also offers a 7-day free trial that can be activated at www.newspapers.com.

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world’s largest online family history resource, with approximately 2 million paying subscribers. More than 11 billion records have been added to the site in the past 16 years. Ancestry users have created more than 41 million family trees containing more than 4 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, Ancestry.com offers several localized Web sites designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include the benefits we expect subscribers to obtain from the Newspapers.com collection and our ability to grow the collection. Risks and uncertainties include our inability to attract subscribers; our ability to satisfy customer’s expectations as to the content of the collection, now and in the future; and our ability to make the products and services easy to use. Information concerning additional factors that could cause results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements is contained under the caption “Risk Factors” in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, and in discussions in other of our SEC filings. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date and we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Updates to USA Census & Tax Records AND Canadian Vital Records Databases at FamilySearch.org

Here are the most recent USA Census & Tax Records AND  Canadian Vital Records related databases updated at Family Search.org. We have also updated the following records on this site:

 

 

THE FOLLOWING UNITED STATES CENSUS & TAX RECORDS RELATED DATABASES WERE POSTED OR UPDATED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG SINCE 12 July 2012:

Texas, Comanche County Records, 1858-1955Browsable Images– Records from Comanche County, Texas including births, marriages, divorce minutes, court records, probate records, and scholastic census records. This collection is being published as images become available – 321,875 images as of 30 August 2012.

Iowa State Census 1895 – Name index of the Iowa state census taken in 1895. The census names everyone in the household – From the Iowa State Historical Society, Des Moines IA – 526,916 records as of 25 September 2012; up 5,016 records since 16 May 2012.

[Index Added] Colorado State Census 1885 – Index & Browsable Images – Name index and images of population schedules listing the inhabitants of the state of Colorado. The 1885 census was taken with the assistance of the United States Government. Included are the Population, Agricultural, Manufacturing, and Mortality Schedules – 56,302 records and 6,069 3,520 images as of 16 November 2012.

Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 – Images – Collection of various records including vital, probate, school, tax, naturalization and other records. The records are from various counties in Washington State, 1856-2009. This is an ongoing collection. Check the wiki or browse the collection to determine current record and county coverage – 2,378,962 images as of 17 November 2012.

[NEW] Oregon, Marion County Records, 1849-1976 – Images – Includes marriage, birth, land and property, probate, naturalization, tax and old age pension records from the Marion County Clerk – 406,225 images as of 19 November 2012.

United States, 1890 Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War – Index & Images – Index and images of schedules enumerating Union veterans and widows of veterans of the Civil War for the states of Kentucky through Wyoming. Except for some miscellaneous returns, data for the states of Alabama through Kansas do not exist. Some returns include U.S. Naval Vessels and Navy Yards. The schedules are from Record Group 15, Records of the Veterans Administration and is NARA publication M123 – 897,849 records and 117,012 images as of 27 November 2012.

 

THE FOLLOWING CANADIAN VITAL RECORDS RELATED DATABASES WERE POSTED OR UPDATED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG SINCE 12 July 2012:

British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932 – These are marriage registrations from British Columbia Vital Statistics, and microfilm at the FHL – 124,593 records and 259,458 images as of 7 September 2012.

British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986 – These are death registrations including overseas casualties, delayed death registrations, and delayed registrations of Indian deaths – 898,8899 records and 4,836 images as of 7 September 2012.

British Columbia Birth Registrations, 1854-1903 – These are birth registrations, delayed birth registrations, and delayed registrations of Indian births – 11,809 records and 5,301 images as of 7 September 2012.

[79 Years added] Quebec, Catholic Parish Registers, 1621-1979Images of Catholic parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials. Also includes some index entries for Montréal and Trois-Rivières – 79,535 records from 1,407,644 images as of 12 September 2012; up 46,355 images from 22 November 2010.

Prince Edward Island Baptism Card Index, 1721-1885Records & Browsable images of index cards to baptismal records – 92,218 records and 184,907 images as of 4 October 2012.

Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927 – Index to marriage records from Ontario, Canada. Ontario Registrar General. Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927. Library and Archives Canada, Ottowa, Canada – 782,731 records as of 13 November 2012; up 173,556 records since 6 July 2012.

Ontario Births, 1869-1912 – Index to birth records – 1,760,515 records as of 19 November 2012; up 81,706 records since 28 December 2011.

Mastering Immigration & Naturalization Records

Earlier this year I reviewed Mastering Online Genealogy, a new book by W. Daniel Quillen. This book was the first in what Quillen was planning on as his “Essentials of Genealogy” series of genealogical primers. Well, it is officially now a series. Quillen has just published the second volume in his “Essentials” series, Mastering Immigration & Naturalization Records.

The author feels that many of the records available for researching ancestors who came to the U.S. from overseas have been overlooked for years. Efforts of the LDS Church and companies like Ancestry.com and Fold3.com have helped bring forth, and continue to do so, searchable, digital copies of many critical records. These records are the key focus of this new book. Instructions are on basic skills necessary for researchers to productively use these records. Here are a few of the topics covered:

  • What are Immigration Records?
  • What is the genealogical value of Immigration Records?
  • Where do I find Immigration Records?
  • What are Naturalization Records?
  • How to located Naturalization Records
  • The genealogical value of naturalization records
  • How to use the Internet and other sources to refine your search

As he has with other books, Quillen uses his own family in his examples, showing his research tactics. There are also plenty of sample documents within these pages. Plus, the author uses a digital “post-it-note” style offset to share extra tips and guidance notes. These are found throughout the book.

 

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The Basics

  • U.S. records first
  • What’s in a name?
  • Know your history
  • Be flexible
  • Ethnic gatherings
  • Religion
  • Immigration records
  • Naturalization records

3. A Little History

4. Immigration Records

  • Passenger lists
  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
  • Border-Crossing records
  • United States Customs Passenger Lists
  • FamilySearch.org and the LDS Church
  • Immigrant Servants Database
  • Old Newspapers
  • Genealogy Societies
  • Ethnic Societies
  • Family Histories
  • Local Histories
  • Funeral Home Records
  • Voter Registration Records

5. Naturalization Records

  • Questions
  • Declaration of Intent
  • Petition for Naturalization
  • Oath of Allegiance
  • Certificate of Arrival
  • Case Study
  • Visa Applications
  • Immigration and Naturalization Service
  • Certificate Files
  • Alien Registration Files
  • Visa Files
  • Registry Files
  • Genealogy Societies
  • Voter Registration Records

6. Other Records

  • Death certificates
  • Alien Enemy Registration records
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Passport Records

7. Finding Records

  • Googling
  • Where to find Passenger Lists
  • Where to find Naturalization Records
  • Where to find Alien Registration Records

8. A Small Case Study

9. Glossary of Terms

Index

 

Mastering Immigration & Naturalization Records, second volume in W. Daniel Quillen’s “Essentials of Genealogy” series, is available from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $9.75.

New Records at FamilySearch.org for Brazil, Italy, Portugal, & the U.S.A.

The following News Release was received from FamilySearch on November 29, 2012:

FamilySearch added more than 18.1 million free indexed records and digital images to its growing collections. Recent additions include more than 6 million images from Oklahoma Probate Records of the United States from 1887-2008. Also of interest are 5,522,462 new browsable images for 11 Italy communities, including Palermo, and 758,398 new images for Portugal collections from 1533-1946. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.
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.

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Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Miscellaneous Records, 1748-1980 – 0 – 819,451 – Added images to an existing collection.
Canada, Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927 – 173,556 – 0 – New indexed record collection.
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2010 – 0 – 15,957 – Added images to an existing collection.
Czech Republic, Censuses, 1843-1921 – 0 – 35,894 – New browsable image collection.
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1948 – 0 – 597 – Added images to an existing collection.
Czech Republic, Land Records, 1450-1889 – 0 – 140,934 – New browsable image collection.
Estonia, Population Records, 1918-1944 – 0 – 58,372 – New browsable image collection.
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Banjanegara, Naturalization Records, 1960-2012 – 0 – 188,777 – Added images to an existing collection.
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Purwokerto, Naturalization Records, 1950-2012 – 0 – 210,963 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Avellino, Sant’ Angelo dei Lombardi, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1910 – 0 – 181,144 – Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Bologna, Bologna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1941 – 0 – 575,093 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Cosenza, Castrovillari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1910 – 0 – 244,341 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Cosenza, Paola, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1910 – 0 – 270,197 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Genova, Genova, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929 – 0 – 871,669 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Lecco, Lecco, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929 – 0 – 646,060 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Macerata, Macerata, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929 – 0 – 800,415 – Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Messina, Patti, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1823-1941 – 0 – 128,881 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Palermo, Palermo, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1910 – 0 – 557,472 – Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Pisa, Pisa, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1935 – 0 – 618,446 – Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Trento, Diocesi di Trento, Catholic Church Records, 1548-1937 – 86,673 – 0 – New indexed record collection.
Italy, Venezia, Venezia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1930 – 0 – 628,744 – New browsable image collection.
New Zealand, Probate Records, 1860-1961 – 0 – 134,749 – New browsable image collection.
Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1995 – 0 – 4,739 – Added images to an existing collection.
Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 – 0 – 11,526 – New browsable image collection.
Portugal, Beja, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1911 – 0 – 340,463 – Added images to an existing collection.
Portugal, Passport Registers and Application Files, 1800-1946 – 0 – 29,947 – New browsable image collection.
Portugal, Évora, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1909 – 0 – 387,988 – New browsable image collection.
Spain, Province of Córdoba, Municipal Records, 1509-1947 – 0 – 521,700 – New browsable image collection.
Spain, Records of Widows and Orphans of Spanish Officials, 1860-1960 – 0 – 28,731 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Arkansas, Probate Records, 1817-1979 – 0 – 939,415 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., California, San Mateo County Records, 1855-1991 – 0 – 77,910 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Colorado, State Census, 1885 – 234,383 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Maine, State Archive Collections, 1790-1966 – 0 – 63,061 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Records, 1633-1967 – 0 – 302,640 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009 – 0 – 73,317 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Montana, Chouteau County Records, 1876-2011 – 0 – 36,963 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., North Carolina, Civil Action Court Papers, 1712-1970 – 0 – 157,448 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Oklahoma, Probate Records, 1887-2008 – 0 – 6,042,924 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Oregon, Douglas County Records, 1852-1952 – 0 – 28,293 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Texas, Houston, Historic Hollywood Cemetery Records, 1895-2008 – 0 – 40,943 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Utah, FamilySearch, Early Church Information File, 1830-1900 – 0 – 1,091,919 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Utah, Tooele County Records, 1855-1956 – 0 – 113,892 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Virginia, Isle of Wight County Records, 1647-1917 – 0 – 82,072 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 – 0 – 74,112 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008 – 0 – 69,513 – Added images to an existing collection.
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2012 – 0 – 27,776 – New browsable image collection.

Find this update WITH LINKS at FamilySearch by clicking here.

MyHeritage Now Acquires Geni and Gets 25 M $ in Investor Capital


It’s not been all that long ago that I was writing about MyHeritage’s acquisition of WorldVitalRecords. I was excited about that merger, which has proved to be a good move for both MyHeritage as well as WorldVitalRecords. The headquarters of MyHeritage and WorldVitalRecords were worlds apart – with MyHeritage based near Tel Aviv, Israel, and WorldVitalRecords being in Orem, Utah.

Now MyHeritage has acquired the Los Angeles, California based Geni.com. This acquisition made a lot of sense, as Geni comes with a user base of 7 million registered users (as compared to the 65 million users of MyHeritage), who have uploaded more than 135 million profiles to the Geni.com website (as compared to about 1.35 billion on MyHeritage). As you can see, MyHeritage was by far the larger operation of the two. However, Geni was a popular U.S. operation with an interesting pedigree of its own. Geni was founded by none other than David Sacks – the guy who is said to be behind the enormous success of PayPal. Sacks is also the founder and CEO of Yammer. He will now join the MyHeritage Board of Directors.

I see this acquisition as a win for the genealogy community. MyHeritage is reporting that users of both MyHeritage and Geni will now receive matches with the family trees of the other website, and MyHeritage’s Smart Matching and Record Matching technologies will benefit the Geni.com users, who will get access to historical records not accessible before at Geni.com. Being one of the “old timers” of the commercial genealogy community, I still think it’s important that the folks who run these large genealogy powerhouses also now a bit about the hobby itself – and that they just might be putting all these efforts into something that they are passionate about – not just for the money, but for love of family and community. I see the MyHeritage purchase of Geni as fitting into this mold. MyHeritage CEO, Gilad Japhet, started his operation by building a family tree program to fit his own needs, as at the time he couldn’t find a program that he felt did the job. It’s nice to know that we’ve got a genealogist running what’s now become a multinational family history company.

25 Million Dollars in New Venture Capital
I got a note this morning from Daniel Horowitz this morning stating that they have raised $25 million to boost MyHeritage’s operations in the years ahead and allow MyHeritage continue to grow and provide better services to their users. The funding round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), along with existing investors Index Ventures, and Accel Partners. This will have a positive effect on all the MyHeritage operations, including WorldVital Records, here in Utah.

I think it’s been a good week for genealogy!

By the way, I just ran a WorldVitalRecords promotion on GenealogyBlog, as well as in Genealogy Newsline. It ended Tuesday night. In light of this new good news about MyHeritage, I made a few calls today and got permission to re-up the WVR Promotion and run it again through Friday night, midnight MDT, November 30. It’s a great deal at ony $69 for 14 months – less than 1/2 the normal cost. Click here to learn more. And yes, I have an affiliate relationship with WorldVitalRecords. I’ve worked with them in one way or another since their founding, and plan to continue to do so.

Click here to read more about the acquisition at the MyHeritage Blog.

Tracing Your Westmeath Ancestors

Like the other county books in this series, Tracing Your Westmeath Ancestors, by Gretta Connell, describes the records available for County Westmeath. Descriptions include the location of these resources, how they can be accessed, and how they can be used in tracing local families.

“Westmeath is an inland county in the province of Leinster, it is often referred to as ‘The Lake County’. It is primarily agricultural, with prime grazing land and a reputation for its beef. The main towns are Athlone, Mullingar, Castlpollard, Kilbeggan and Moate.”

Ironically, the county’s population was less affected by the Great Famine than most of the country. However, that has not stopped the populations from declining from 141,000 in 1845 to around 86,000 today.

The original population was predominately Gaelic. The main Gaelic surnames in the county are:

  • O’Flanagan
  • MacAuley
  • MacGeoghegan
  • Brennan
  • O’Coffey
  • O’Mulleady
  • O’FInlan
  • O’Growney
  • O’Melaghlin
  • O’Daly

The 1169 Norman invasion brought the following names to the area:

  • DeLacy
  • Plunkett
  • Nugent
  • Tuite
  • Petit
  • Delamar
  • Dalton

And, of course, other names were added during the Cromwellian period; including:

  • Ledwich
  • Dardis
  • Gaynor

Many of the sources listed in this book are common to other counties as well. For example, the National Archives, serves all areas. There are, however, plenty of local resources to examine and learn about.

 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Abbreviations

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Conducting Family Research

Chapter 3 Administrative Divisions

Chapter 4 Civil Registration

Chapter 5 Censuses and Census Substitutes

Chapter 6 Church Records

Chapter 7 Land Records

Chapter 8 Will, Administrations and Marriage Bonds

Chapter 9 Newspapers

Chapter 10 Directories and Occupational Sources

Chapter 11 Memorial Inscriptions

Chapter 12 Education

Chapter 13 Family Names and Histories

Chapter 14 Further Reading

Chapter 15 Repositories and Useful Addresses

Index

 

Copies of Tracing Your Westmeath Ancestors are available from Family Roots Publishing; Sale Price: $18.66; Reg. Price: $21.95

Seattle Veterans Museum Shuts Down

The following is from the November 16, 2012 edition of King5.com:

SEATTLE – Friday night was a sad evening for the man who has operated the Seattle Veterans Museum. After being open for ten years, a lack of funds has caused Todd Crooks to close the doors to the museum near 2nd and Union in downtown Seattle….

Today there’s artifacts from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror. Many of the items have a local tie to Seattle. But recently, there has not been enough money or volunteers to keep the place going. Crooks has dipped into his own savings in the past, but he said he can not do that anymore….

He is in search of someone who can reopen the museum in a new place.

Read the full article, and watch the video.

Convicted Document Thief Loses Job at Museum’s Bookstore

The following excerpt is from an article by Paul Post in the November 14, 2012 edition of The Saratogian:

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Lance Ingmire had one of the toughest jobs of his life Wednesday — following orders from high-ranking state officials to fire a long-time friend.

Ingmire is president of the non-profit Friends of the New York State Military Museum on Lake Avenue, which runs the museum’s bookstore to raise money for programs there.

This summer, he hired Dan Lorello of Rensselaer, a former state archivist and Civil War historian, to staff the store, a part-time position that paid $11-per-hour.

However, Lorello pled guilty in 2008 to grand larceny, a felony, after stealing and selling valuable collectibles from the state Library, located in the New York State Museum building in Albany. He spent two years in state prison, most of it at Marcy Correctional Facility, near Utica.

Read the full article.

Ken Burns Honored by New York State Archives Trust

The following excerpt is from the November 216, 2012 edition of WNYT.com:

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – The support arm of the New York State Archives is presenting a history award to documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, who will appear at the Empire State Plaza award ceremony.

The Empire State Archives and History Award is presented annually to nationally prominent individuals for their work in historic research or interpretation. Past winners include C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb, actors Sam Waterston and Richard Dreyfuss, and historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Henry Louis Gates.

Read the full article.

Tracing Your Sligo Ancestors

To those with Irish ancestry, there is another addition to the Tracing Your Ancestors series, that is Tracing Your Sligo Ancestors, by James G. Ryan.

Sligo is a “maritime” county with the Atlantic to its west/northwest, and sits nestled between Leitrim above and Mayo below, with Roscommon to the east/southeast. Like many Irish counties, Sligo’s population peaked before the Great Famine. The population topped in 1841 at 181,000, dropping 52,000 in ten years. The population has continued to drop and stands at only 56,000 to this day. The counties most famous “son” was the poet William Bulter Yeats; though, his brother Jack B. Yeats was a painter of some note.

The original population was predominately Gaelic. After the 1641 Uprising, a Cromwellian settlement brought disbanded officer who took land in lieu of payment. These families carry the names Cooper, Crofton, Gore, Nicholson, Ormsby, Parke, Phibbs, Irwin, and Wood. Other principle names in the area, according the 1659 census, are:

  • Scanlon
  • O’Healy
  • Brennan
  • Gallagher
  • O’Hara
  • O’Gara
  • O’Dowd
  • Kelly
  • Burke
  • Boland
  • McDonnell
  • McDonagh
  • Conlon
  • Breheny
  • Kelly
  • Feeney
  • Gallagher
  • Gilmartin
  • McGowan
  • (O)’Hart
  • Higgins
  • Connor/ O’Connor
  • McDonagh
  • Walsh
  • Egan
  • (O)’Crean

This publication is designed to help researchers find and identify their Irish family origins. All the standard sources are evaluated with explanatory introductions and full references.

 

Table of Contents

Foreword

Abbreviations

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Administrative Divisions and Maps

Chapter 3 Civil Registration

Chapter 4 Censuses and Census Substitutes

Chapter 5 Church Records

Chapter 6 Land and Estate Records

Chapter 7 Will, Administrations and Marriage Licenses

Chapter 8 Commercial and Social Directories

Chapter 9 Family Names and Histories

Chapter 10 Newspapers

Chapter 11 Gravestone Inscriptions

Chapter 12 Further Reading and Miscellaneous Sources

Chapter 13 Archive and Internet Information

Index

 

Copies of Tracing Your Sligo Ancestors are available from Family Roots Publishing; Sale Price: $18.66; Reg. Price: $21.95

A Checklist of 150 Genealogical Sources

The following article was written by my good friend, William Dollarhide. Enjoy…

That first pedigree chart usually shows up to four generations, sometimes more, but if a 4-generation chart starts with yourself, there are up to fourteen direct ancestors presented. How many documents have you collected for each of those fourteen persons? How many have of you collected for yourself? How much of the information is still in your head and never written down?

For each ancestor on your pedigree chart, it is possible to have at least 150 documents that mention one person. By adding the first person on the chart, that means it is possible to have 2,250 different documents for one 4-generation pedigree chart. How could that be possible? It is possible because we live in a society that keeps records of everything we do from birth to death, and a myriad of events in between. Here are some things you can do to fill out what you know about yourself, your parents, your grandparents, and your great-grandparents. This list is where you may find dates, places, and genealogical events of a person’s life. Now is the time to honor your parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents — by locating every piece of evidence of their lives and saving it as a written record of their personal history.

There will be many readers who will have discovered a document not on this list – please send a comment so others can learn. This list of sources gets smaller as we go back further in time. Assume that it is possible to find all of the 150 documents mentioning any ancestor born since 1930 or so. Here is the checklist:

Personal/Home Sources

Family Bibles
Oral Histories
Family Histories
Baby Books
Baby Announcements
Wedding Announcements
Wedding Guest Books
Diaries and Journals
Income Tax Forms
Property Tax Receipts
Family Correspondence
Funeral Records, Programs, etc.
Death Announcements
Scrapbooks
Photo Albums
Credit Statements
Discharge Papers
Draft Cards
Military Awards
Social Security Cards
Magazine Subscriptions
First Papers – Citizenship
Naturalization Papers
Employment Papers
Union Cards
Newspaper Clippings
Probate/Estate Records
Wills
Land Deeds
Drivers Licenses
Motor Vehicle Registrations
Proof of Insurance Cards
Adoption Record
Baptism Record
Confirmation Record
Graduation Record
Diploma
Family Fraktur
Family Needlepoint
Prepared Pedigree
Prepared Descendancy
Prepared Ahnentafel
Birth Certificate
Delayed Birth Certificate
Corrected Birth Record
Marriage Certificate
Application for Marriage License
Marriage License
Death Record
Death Certificate
Divorce Papers
Life Insurance Papers
Fire Insurance Papers
Automobile Insurance Papers
Health Insurance Papers
Misc. Family Records

Vital Records

State Birth Indexes
State Death Indexes
State Marriage Indexes
County Birth Records
County Death Records
County Marriage Records
Birth Certificates
Delayed Birth Certificates
Corrected Birth Certificates
Marriage Bonds
Marriage Licenses
Marriage Certificates
Death Certificates
Divorce Papers
Adoption Papers
Social Security Death Index
Social Security Application Form SS-5
Social Security Work History
Misc. Vital Records

Church Records

Birth Records
Christening Records
Baptismal Records
Dedication Records
Confirmation Records
Marriage Banns
Death Records
Burial Records
Vestry Records
Admissions
Removals
Disciplinary Records
Church Minutes
Church Histories
Seminary Records
Church Archives
Annulments
Church Membership Lists
Minister’s Records
Ordination Records
Missionary Records
Misc. Church Records

Newspapers

Newspaper Indexes
Obituaries
Death Notices
Birth Announcements
Marriage Notices
Anniversaries
Milestones
Biographies
Family Stories
Historical Vignettes
Unclaimed Mail
Advertisements
Local News
Regional Correspondents
Gossip Columns
Bankruptcies
Sheriff Sales
Divorces
Court Claims
Auctions
Probates
Criminal Convictions
Ship Arrival Notice
Ship Departure Notice
Misc. Newspaper Records

School Records

Report Cards
Grade School Records
High School Records
Trade School Records
Apprenticeship Records
Private School Records
University Records
School Alumni Records
School Annuals
School Reunion Records
School Newspapers
Attendance Reports
School Awards
Graduation Cards
Class Pictures
Individual School Photos
Misc. School Records

Directories/Censuses

Phone Books
City Directories
County/Rural Directories
Genealogical Research Directory
American Genealogical & Biographical Index
Business Almanacs
Trade/Business Directories
Funeral Directors Directory
Cemeteries Directory
Who’s Who Directories
Online Census Index
1790-1940 Federal Censuses
State Censuses
Misc. Directories/Censuses

Genealogy at a Glance: Pennsylvania Genealogy Research

Pennsylvania has as diverse a background as any state in the Union. Comprising some of earliest settled lands by European colonists, there are over 300 years of records and historical events of genealogical interest waiting to be found. Veteran genealogist John Humphrey has distilled his working knowledge into another great Genealogy at a Glance guide for researchers looking for additional help on the subject.

Genealogy at a Glance: Pennsylvania Genealogy Research, examines the records, resources, and major repositories of primary interest to anyone searching for ancestors who lived or worked in Pennsylvania. From the beginning, Pennsylvania was the most diverse colony in the New World. The original land grant given by Charles II to William Penn allowed Penn to set and grant rules and freedoms as he saw fit. In part, his granting of religious freedom, along with liberal land policies, drew people from diverse cultures and ethnic background. The dominant immigrant groups were from Sweden, Holland, England, Wales, and Germany. For its day, this was a widely-diverse group. Such diversity, of course, leads to unique and diverse resources for records. Humphrey does a great job at condensing the major points and key sources into just four pages.

“But this is the very thing the Genealogy at a Glance series was designed for–to bring a large subject down to size, distilling key ingredients so the subject can be understood at a glance; in effect, boiling it down to its essence to make it manageable. Essentially, Genealogy at a Glance provides all the basic instruction you need, focusing on key record sources and materials for further reference and finishing with a summing up of the best record repositories and websites. For Pennsylvania genealogy, in particular, these may be the best four pages you’ll ever use.”

Like all the Genealogy At A Glance sheets, this guide is a four-page, full-color limited brochure meant to be easily stored and sized to take with you when conducting related research. In this guide, Humphrey provides plenty of additional tips and further references to please the most avid researcher.

 

Contents for this guide:

Quick Facts & Important Dates

Settlement Background

  • Topography
  • Pennsylvania Germans

Record Sources

  • Vital Records
  • Church Records
  • Land Records
  • Probate Records
  • Tax Records
  • Census Records

Supplementary Sources

  • Newspapers
  • Poor Children School Records
  • Eighteenth-Century Immigration
  • 1798 U.S. Direct Tax: Pennsylvania

Major Repositories

 

Order  Genealogy at a Glance: Pennsylvania Genealogy Research from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: GPC349, Price: $8.77.

 

Other Genealogy at a Glance guides available at Family Roots Publishing:

200 Years of Grimm’s Fairly Tales

The following exceprt is from a fascinating article in the November 26, 2012 edition of National Post about the Grimm brothers and their collection of folklore, published today as Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

…Two-hundred years ago, two German brothers with an interest in language published the first edition of a folktale collection they had gathered from around the German states — Germany not yet being a unified country. Published in a volume called Kinder-und Hausmarchen (Children and Household Stories) but better known as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, this first edition of 86 stories was followed by a number of other editions in which stories were added or subtracted until a seventh appeared in 1857, containing 211 tales. To date there have been countless editions and 160 foreign translations of the Grimms’ collected stories. With Martin Luther’s German translation of the Bible, Grimm’s Fairy Tales is the most widely read German book of all time.

The appearance of Grimm’s Fairy Tales is a story in itself. Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859) Grimm came by their major fame almost accidentally. Raised in the city of Hanau, Hesse, the brothers Grimm attended university in the city of Marburg, where they developed a fascination with the idea of forging a common German identity through shared language, of which they felt folklore was an integral part. A nation’s folklore, they and others believed, is representative of national identity and should be preserved.

Read the full article.

FamilySearch.org USA Marriage Record Databases Update

Here are recent USA marriage-record related databases updated at Family Search.org. We have also updated the following records on this site:

 

 

THE FOLLOWING MARRIAGE RECORD RELATED DATABASES WERE POSTED OR UPDATED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG SINCE 25 July 2012:

 

Utah Marriages 1887-1966 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Utah – 245,379 records and as of 16 July 2012.

Utah, County Marriages 1787-1937 – Name index of marriage records from local county courthouses. The records consist of bound volumes, applications, licenses, certificates, etc. This collection is currently 71% complete and more records will be added as they are completed – 398,852 as of 16 July 2012, up 104,670records from 8 May 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 – 3,266,530 records and 2,126,722 images as of 16 August 2012; up 140,274 records and 696,204 images from 2 April 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 – 321,875 images as of 30 August 2012; up 730 images from 19 June 2011.

Washington, Pierce County Marriage Returns, 1891-1950 – Browsable Imaged Records – includes marriage records recorded in Pierce County, Washington. This collection is being published as images become available. 12,789 images as of 31 August 2012; up 873 images from 22 March 2012.

Pennsylvania County Marriages 1885-1950Imaged 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 – 2,221,287 records and 3,181,302 images as of 8 September 2012. Up 553,636records and 849,493images since 22 June 2012.

Minnesota Marriage Index 1958-2001 – Index of marriages from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Center for Health Statistics, Office of the State Registrar in St. Paul. Index provided by Ancestry.com – 2,414,041 records as of 20 September 2012.

Tennessee, White County Records, 1809-1975 -Browsable Images – includes marriages, 1950-1975; chancery court records 1825-1937, and circuit court records, 1809-1900. The county court records include primarily probate records. The chancery and circuit court records include disputed estate and property records, some wills, and divorces. 203,799 images as of 26 September 2012.

Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Towns Records, 1579-2001 – Browsable Images – Vital and town records acquired from local town clerk offices. These include birth, marriage, and death records. 1,239,396 images as of 27 September 2012.

Maine, Vital Records, 1670-1907  – Imaged Records – Name index and images of birth, marriage and death returns acquired from the State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics and the state archives. Records are organized alphabetically, then chronologically within a name. The collection is divided into three parts, Vital Records Prior to 1892, 80 towns, Vital Records, 1892-1907, and Delayed returns for births, deaths, and marriages, 1670-1891. At present, only the 1892-1907 vital records have been indexed. 634,833 records and 2,466,220 images as of 28 September 2012.

Vermont, Vital Records, 1760-2003 – Browsable Images – Part of set used under Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954. The collections consist of a name index and images (index cards) of town clerk transcriptions of births, marriages and deaths for the years 1760 to 1954. Indexing continues on records outside this year range and will be added to the collection as they are completed. Images for the years 1955 to 2008 courtesy of Ancestry.com and the Vermont State Archives. The records in this collection are for the years 1760 to 2003. 1,162,117 images as of 4 October 2012.

Iowa, County Marriages 1838-1934 – Indexed Records – 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. 1,818,450 records as of 9 October 2012; up 1,623,576 records from 1 February 2012.

Iowa Marriages 1809-1992 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Iowa – There 2,626,423 marriage records of which 1,320,389 are available as of 11 October 2012.

North Carolina, Davidson County Vital Records, 1867-1984 – Browsable Images – Images of death records and marriage licenses recorded in Davidson County, North Carolina. Some of the individual volumes include an index and there are comprehensive indexes to some of the records. 79,128 images as of 14 October 2012.

Idaho, Teton County Records, 1900-1988 – Browsable Images – Marriage and land and property records located at the county courthouse in Driggs, Idaho. This collection is being published as images become available. 13,286 images as of 14 October 2012.

[NEW] Delaware, Marriage Records, 1913-1954 – Index and Images – Name index and images of Delaware statewide marriage records. The certificates are arranged by year then by certificate number. 112,894 records and 112,854 images as of 14 October 2012.

California County Marriages, 1850-1952 – Name index of marriage records including a number of different type of documents such as licenses, certificates, registers, applications, affidavits, stubs, etc. – 471,607 records as of 20 October 2012 – up 160,880 records since 12 October 2011.

[NEW] Idaho, Twin Falls County Records, 1906-1988 – Browsable Images – Death index, probate index, marriages, deeds, homesteads, patents discharges, and coroner’s records from the Clerk of District Court, Clerk and Recorder offices in Twin Falls. This collection is being published as images become available. 91,387 images as of 25 October 2012.

[NEW] 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. 114,975 images as of 25 October 2012.

Virginia, Surry County Marriage Records, 1735-1950 – Indexed and Imaged Records – Various marriage records for Surry County, Virginia, including certificates to obtain a marriage license, marriage bonds and consents, marriage licenses, and marriage returns. All records are from the Register of Deeds Office, Surry, Virginia – 18,329 records and 36,046 images as of 27 October 2012.

Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950 – Indexed and Imaged Records – of Tennessee county marriage records acquired from local courthouses. Records include marriage registers, marriage licenses, marriage bonds, and marriage certificates. Currently this collection is 21% complete. Records consist of packets, with multiple documents per packet – 1,566,937 records and 2,148,460 images as of 31 October 2012; up 560,522 records and 1,715,411 images since 26 March 2012.

New York County Marriages 1908-1935 – 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. Currently this collection is 41% complete. Additional records by county will be added as they are completed. 622,150 records as of 23 December 2011 – up 116,262since 23 December 2011.

[NEW] New Hampshire, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1636-1947 – Browsable Images – Include birth, marriage, and death records. 402,443 images as of 7 November 2012.

Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008Indexed Records 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. — 48,385 records and 326,358 images as of 16 November 2012; up 198,700 images since 19 June 2012.

Oregon, Douglas County Records, 1852-1952 – Browsable Images – This collection includes deed records and indexes, 1852-1920. It also includes marriage records and indexes from 1913-1952. This collection is being published as images become available. – 168,850 images as of 16 November 2012 – up 28,293images since 10 July 2012.

Montana, Chouteau County Records,1876-2011 – Browsable Images – Images of Chouteau County records held at various repositories. Records located in the Museum of the Northern Plains (River and Plains Society) include voter registers, school district records, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church records, Riverside Cemetery records and newspapers clippings of births, marriages and deaths. Records held by the Chouteau County Courthouse include birth, death, probate, naturalization, deeds and school census records. This collection is being published as image become available. — 241,430 images as of 17 November 2012.

Montana, Cascade County Records, 188-2009 – 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. Includes: Marriage licenses. – 613,979 images as of 17 November 2012; up 548,247 images since 19 Aug 2011.

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.

[NEW] Oregon, Marion County Records, 1849-1976 – Browsable Images – Includes marriage, birth, land and property, probate, naturalization, tax and old age pension records from the Marion County Clerk. – 406,225 images as of 19 November 2012.

[NEW] Maine, Marriage Index,1892-1966, 1977-1996 Marriage index,1892-1996, by the Maine Department of Human Services from the Maine State Archives This index does not have data for 1967-1976 – 857,131 records as of 19 November 2012.

[NEW] Virginia, Isle of Wight County Records, 1647-1917 – Browsable Images – Images from original records at the Circuit Court in Isle of Wight, Virginia. Records include marriages, guardianships, military lists, court orders, dockets, bonds, fees, and judgments. This collection is being published as images become available – 110,425 images as of 21 November 2012.

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. – 2,067,319 records and 1,702,671 images as of 22 November 2012 – up 186,209 records since 7 July 2012.

[NEW] Idaho, Marriage Index, 1947-1961 Index to marriages created by the Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics. Covering marriages filed between May 1, 1947 and December 31, 1961 – 131,597 as of 22 November 2012.