FamilySearch.org USA Death and Probate Record Databases Update

Here are recent USA death and probate related records 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:

 

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.

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.

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.

[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. 129,909 images as of 3 December 2012.

[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.

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.

[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.

Colorado, Denver County Probate Case Files, 1900-1925 – Browsable Images – Probate case files acquired from the Colorado State Archives in Denver. The collection begins with case number 6407. Files regarding insanity records and adoption material were restricted by the state when the records were acquired and are missing from this collection. – 1,544,153 records as of 30 July 2012.

[NEW] Texas, Deaths (New Index, New Images), 1890-1976 –  Index and images – of Texas statewide death certificates–including delayed certificates, foreign deaths, and probate obituaries–from the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin. The delayed records are grouped with regular death certificates and, although frequently located in the final few volumes of a given year, can sometimes be found interspersed throughout a volume set- 4,543,234 records and 8,892,130 images as of 11 August 2012.

[NEW] Illinois, Cemetery Transcriptions, 1853-2009 – Browsable Images – Images of cemetery transcriptions and records in Illinois. Although the collection currently contains records from Elmwood cemetery in Centralia, more cemeteries will be added. The time period and coverage varies by cemetery; 5,040 images as of 14 August 2012.

[NEW] Idaho, Obituaries, 2007 – Browsable Images – Digital images of originals collected and housed by the Idaho Falls Regional Family History Center. Obituaries are from various Idaho newspapers printed in 2007. This collection has multiple arrangements: by Idaho city or town, mixed cities and name, and by out of state deaths of Idaho natives; 9,165 images as of 14 August 2012.

Maryland, Probate Estate & Guardianship Files 1796-1940 – Name index and images of probate estate files from the Register of Wills office in the county courthouse. Currently, the following counties are represented in this collection: Calvert (1882-1940), (1838-1940), Cecil (1851-1940), Kent (1749-1940), Prince George’s (1796-1940), and Queen Anne’s (1833-1940), Wicomico (1868-1940) and portions of Allegany (1779-1946) – 72,764 records and 1,485,033 images as of 15 August 2012; up  9,797 records and 268,008 images since 9 September 2011.

Kentucky Probate Records, 1792-1977Index and Images – Index of probate records created in Kentucky county courts. Probate records include wills, bonds, inventories of estates and other records. Date and record coverage varies by county. The current collection includes records for Caldwell, Henry, Hickman, Russell and Trimble counties. This is an ongoing project that is 32% complete. More records will be published as they become available.t – 12,429 records and 623,942 images as of 17 August 2012; records were added after 24 August, 2011.

[NEW] Mississippi, Probate Records, 1781-1930 – Browsable Images – This collection includes probate records filed in Mississippi county courts. A few records may go beyond 1930, but most records in this collection were created between 1850 and 1930. The records include wills, administrations, inventories, court minutes, guardianships and other records of estates – 4,302,124 images as of 31 August 2012.

Ohio, Stark County Coroner’s Records – 1890-2002Imaged 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 – 57,110 images as of 7 September 2012; up 956 images as of 29 November 2011.

[NEW] Texas, Probate Records, 1800-1990 – Browsable Images – This collection contains images of probate records from seventy-five different counties in the state of Texas. The content and time period of these records vary by county – 1,164,427 images as of 12 September 2012.

North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1964Imaged 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 – 122,940 records and 2,984,447 images as of 25 September 2012; Up 23,410 records and 540,831images since 13 June 2012.

Ohio, Probate Records, 1789-1996Browsable Images – Probate records and estate files from county courthouses in Ohio. The content and time period varies by county. – 6,996,317 records as of 27 September 2012; up 3,199,343 records since 5 June 2012.

[NEW] Florida, Probate Records, 1784-1990 – Browsable Images – Collection of probate records, including case files, wills and other documents created by the probate courts of various Florida counties. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. The records in this collection were created 1784-1990, but the content and time period of the records varies by county – 660,294 images as of 27 September 2012.

[NEW] Alabama, Probate Records, 1809-1985 –  Browsable Images – This collection includes digital images of various probate records created in the county courts in Alabama. It includes wills, administrations, guardianships, estate inventories, bonds and other records – 317,438 images as of 27 September 2012.

California, County Birth and Death Records, 1849-1989Imaged Records – Registers, records and certificates of county birth and death records acquired from county courthouses. This collection contains some delayed birth records, as well. Some city and towns records are also included. Records have not been acquired for Contra Costa, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Modoc, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Siskiyou, Solano, Tulare and Ventura counties. This collection is being published as images become available – 2,919,335 images as of 4 October 2012; up 1,694,678images since 15 June 2012.

Missouri Deaths and Burials, 1867-1976 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Missouri. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 58,813 records. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.

Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Michigan. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 1,355,265 records. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.

Iowa Death and Burials, 1850-1990 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Iowa. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later. a – 398,901 records as of 11 October 2012.

New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947Imaged Records – Name index and images of New Hampshire death records. Records consist of index cards that give the name of the deceased, date and place of death, plus often much more information, such as age, place of birth and names of parents. With the town and date of death, the original records can usually be located – 581,056 Records and 1,061,560 images as of 14 October 2012.

[NEW] Maine, Knox County, Probate Estate Files, 1861-1915 – Browsable Images – Estate files located in the Knox County Probate Record Office in Rockland, Maine. This collection is being published as images become available – 58,109 images as of 14 October 2012.

Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937 – The certificates are arranged numerically by file number, with a rough chronological arrangement by death date, i.e. month and year – 106,484 Records and 108,834 images as of 8 November 2012.

[NEW] Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1975 – Browsable Images – This collection includes records of probate proceedings from Georgia counties. The records include estate files, inventories, wills, administrations, minutes, guardianships and other records related to probate – 2,224,833 images as of 8 November 2012.

Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Estate files 1686-1881 Browsable Images – 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  – 358,878 images as of 10 November 2012; up 207,874images since 20 December 2011.

[NEW] Maine, Androscoggin County, Probate Estate Files, 1854-1918 – Browsable Images – Probate estate files arranged by case number, docket index books arranged by case number and date and an alphabetical card index acquired from the Androscoggin County Courthouse in Auburn –  258,605 images as of 10 November 2012.

[NEW] Oklahoma, Probate Records, 1887-2008 – Browsable Images – Probate records and estate files from Oklahoma counties. The content and time period varies by county – 6,042,924 images as of 13 November 2012.

[NEW] Arkansas, Probate Records, 1817-1979 – Browsable Images – Collection of probate records, including estate files and other documents created by the probate courts of Arkansas counties. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. This collection covers probate records created 1817-1979, but the content and time period of the records varies – 939,415 images as of 13 November 2012.

[NEW] Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Records, 1633-1967 – Broswable Images – Probate estate files of Plymouth County from two different sources: the Secretary of the Commonwealth and the archive of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts – 302,640 images as of 14 November 2012.

Washington, County Probate Records, 1853-1929Browsable Images – This collection includes county probate records from the Washington State Archives Northwest Regional Branch in Bellingham. They include records from Jefferson, Skagit, Island, Whatcom, San Juan, Clallam and Snohomish counties. This collection is being published as images become available. – 587,055 images as of 19 November 2012; up 392,672 images as of 15 June 2012.

[NEW] New Hampshire, County Probate Records, 1660-1973 –  Browsable Images – Probate records from Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford, and Sullivan counties – 524,272 images as of 19 November 2012.

[NEW] New Hampshire, County Probate Estate Files, 1769-1936 – Browsable Images – County probate estate files for Carroll, Cheshire, Coos, and Rockingham counties. This collection is being published as images become available – 874,310 images as of 19 November 2012.

Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1629-1983 – Browsable Images–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.– 1,227,099 images as of 19 November 2012; up 147,592 images since 22 June 2012.

[NEW] Maine, Death Index, 1960-1996 – Indexed Records – Death index,1960-1996 by the Maine Department of Human Services from the Maine State Archives. Data for 1996 is not complete – 401,960 records as of 19 November 2012.

[NEW] New Jersey, Probate Records, 1678-1980 – Browsable Images – Images of probate records from various court houses in New Jersey. Most records end in 1920 but some counties have records up to the year 1970 – 1,913,824 images as of 21 November 2012.

Maine, County Probate Records, 1760-1979 – Browsable Images – Images of probate records from various court houses in New Jersey. Most records end in 1920 but some counties have records up to the year 1970 – 503,068 images as of 21 November 2012.

[NEW] 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 – 2,056,187 images as of 22 November 2012.

Texas Deaths, 1977-1986Imaged 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. – 108,598 records and 1,378,084 images images as of 27 November 2012; up 30,187 records and 372,212 images since 10 July 2012.

[NEW] Tennessee, Putnam County Records, 1854-1955 – Browsable Images – This collection includes records from the circuit and chancery courts of Putnam County. The records include disputed property and estates, wills, divorces and records of other civil proceedings – 121,173 images as of 27 November 2012.

[NEW] 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.

Ohio, Summit County, Coroner’s, Hospital and Cemetery Records, 1882-1947Browsable Image Records – Admittance cards,1915-1947 and employment cards,1915-1940 of the Edwin Shaw Hospital; burial permits,1915-1947 of the Briar Hill Cemetery and coroner’s inquest books, 1882-1922 for Summit county- 12,047 images as of 29 November 2012; up 669 images as of 13 January 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 – 742,594 images as of 29 November 2012; up 17,531images since 17 April 2012.

[NEW] Maine, Oxford County, Probate Estate Files, 1805-1915 – Browsable Images – Images of probate estate files located at the Oxford County Courthouse in South Paris. The collection is divided into three parts: 1805-1819, 1820-1899, and 1900-1915. Most of the files are arranged by file drawer number then by name – 177,447 images as of 29 November 2012.

New York Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1921Browsable Images – Images of probate records and proceedings from the Queens County Surrogate’s Court in Jamaica, New York. – 1,256,056 images as of 30 November 2012. Up 301,189 images since 22 February 2012.

New York Orange County Probate Records 1787-1938Browsable Images – 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 – 867,442 images as of 30 November 2012; up 38,009 images since10 July 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.

[NEW] Louisiana, Orleans Parish Will Books, 1805-1920 – Browsable Images – The Will Books for Orleans Parish courts include copies of all wills filed in Orleans Parish, 1805-1920. The will books comprise 39 bound volumes. Each volume is individually indexed at the front of each book. The will books were created in several courts including the Court of Probates (1805-1846), Second District Court (1846-1880) and Civil District Court (1880-1920). Volume 31, No. 11 is missing; 17,971 images as of 30 November 2012.

Washington State County Records 1856-2009Browsable 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. 2,400,761 images as of 3 December 2012; up 475,931 images since 22 March 2012.

Vermont, Franklin County Probate Records, 1796 to 1921 – Browsable Imaged Records – Images of probate papers located at the Public Records Office, General Service Center, Middlesex. – 222,759 images as of 24 April 2012 – up 15,761 images since 24 April 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 June 2012. Up 417,630 images from 5 June 2012.

[NEW] 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] 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.

Idaho, Minidoka County Records 1913-1961Imaged 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 – 42,995 images as of 5 December 2012; up 1,283 images since 16 December 2011.

Iowa, Fayette County Probate Records 1851-1928Imaged Records – Fayette County probate case files located at the Fayette County courthouse in West Union. This collection is being published as images become available – 230,855 images as of 7 December 2012; up 144,006 images since 31 May 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; 2,382,367 records as of 7 December 2012; up 1,015,156 records since 7 July 2012.

[NEW] Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848-1935 – Browsable Images – 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), La Crosse County (1877-1935), Pepin County (1900-1935), Shawano County (1861-1933) and Trempealeau County (1900-1920). This collection is being published as images become available; 871,878 images as of 9 December 2012.

California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records 1899-2011Imaged Records – Index cards and daily log book of the Italian Cemetery in Colma. This collection is being published as images become available – 32,247 images as of 10 December 2012; up 113 images since 29 September, 1011.

ISGS Raises Over $40,000 During War of 1812 Records Preservation Campaign

The following news release was received from Thomas MacEntee:

Preserve the Pensions Project to Digitize Important Pension Records and Provide Free Access to the Public

December 11, 2012 Springfield, IL: The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) is proud to announce that it has completed its recently launched $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge with strong support from ISGS members as well as the genealogical community.

On June 18, 2012, the 200th anniversary of the declaration of the War of 1812, ISGS announced its $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge. ISGS made a commitment to match any contribution (up to the first $10,000) made to the Preserve the Pensions project before December 31, 2012. In addition, Ancestry.com announced that it would also match all monies donated during the campaign, resulting in all contributions being quadrupled. A total of $40,000 to be donated to the Preserve the Pensions project will result in 88,888 additional pages of the War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files being digitized over the next few months.

The Preserve the Pensions campaign (http://www.preservethepensions.org), sponsored by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (http://www.fgs.org) along with Ancestry.com, Fold3 and the National Archives, seeks to raise over $3.7 Million needed to digitize the War of 1812 pension files that are currently stored in the National Archives and make them freely available online. With over 180,000 Pension files in this historic record set and over 7.2 million pages, access to these records will benefit not only genealogists and family historians, but a variety of researchers. In addition, the digitization project will help preserve and halt further damage to these historical documents. The files are being digitized as funds become available and many files are already viewable by visiting http://go.fold3.com/1812pensions/.

ISGS President Jane Haldeman notes: “The ISGS board made a strong commitment to the preservation of the War of 1812 Pension Records when it issued the fundraising challenge earlier this year. ISGS thanks all who contributed, especially those members of the genealogy community who are not members of ISGS. Digitizing these records will benefit ALL genealogists and hopefully result in more people locating information about their ancestors.”

About Illinois State Genealogical Society
The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was formed in 1968 through the cooperative effort and forward thinking of Illinois genealogical society representatives, who envisioned a statewide genealogical organization. ISGS is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, educational organization. ISGS was established for the following purposes:
• To stimulate an interest in the people who contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois.
• To seek, preserve, and make available data pertaining to individuals, families, and groups who lived in Illinois and to events which took place therein.
• To inform people of the value of, and need for, preserving family and local history for posterity.
• To encourage the formation of local genealogical societies and to coordinate and disseminate information.
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Genes Renunited Adds New Features

The following Press Release was issued by Genes Reunited:

Genes Reunited launches unique Keepsafe

Genes Reunited has announced the launch of several new features to its site including Keepsafe and new relation profiles where details can be see all on one page.

London, England (PRWEB UK) 8 December 2012

Genes Reunited, a leading family history website, has announced the addition of new and innovative features including a Keepsafe, for digitally storing all of users’ family records, photos and memories, and Relation Profiles, where users can view and edit details about each individual in their tree. This latest addition comes after genesreunited.co.uk recently refreshed its appearance with a new, and easy to navigate redesign.

The Keepsafe is a unique and organised way to collate family history. It’s a place for members to safely store and share documents, from photos and certificates to maps and letters, and is available to all members who’ll have the option to open their images to the public, keep them private or share them with other members, family and friends. They’ll even be able to share their Keepsafe on Facebook. At launch, there were over 2.7 million private images already uploaded to Keepsafe.

Relation Profiles are automatically created for each relation Genes Reunited members add when building a family tree. It includes a clear timeline, notes section and immediate family tree, as well as a section prompting members what to do next in their research. Users can edit the details and these changes will be reflected in the tree. Any photos or records that are attached to the person can be viewed too and each profile can also be printed, so they can be easily shared.

Genes Reunited automatically creates ‘Hot Matches’ where members who have the same relations in their family tree are matched with each other. Many members have collected rich data on their relatives and having the option to share this with other members can be very beneficial to their research. At launch there will be over 260 million profiles already created – equivalent to over 4 records for every man, woman and child in the UK .

Rhoda Breakell, Head of Genes Reunited, commented: “Imagine being able to find out more information about your ancestors than you could have ever hoped for; stories, timelines and more besides. Relation Profiles are places where our members can store all of this information and then share it with each other.  Who knows what anecdotes someone else might have written about your ancestors?”

The Keepsafe and Relation Profile pages are available online at http://www.genesreunited.co.uk for all members.

The Wampanoag: Genealogical History of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Having become interested in local land records and ownership details, Dr. Jerome (Jay) Segel researched and wrote Owner Unknown: Your guide to Real Estate Treasure Hunting. His desire to produce this book came through his interest and research in uncovering land records related to his home on Martha’s Vineyard. Through this study, Jay developed and additional interest, of not a new passion, for Indian related records. He realized few details were provided in the existing histories as to the islands original owners, the Wampanoag tribe of Native Americans.

Segel’s interest grew beyond land records to a desire to know every detail about these native people who made it possible for the original European colonists to survive. Without the support of the native people, the earliest colonists would likely never have learned to cultivate the local land, fish the waters, catch whales, or learn which local plants were edible. Putting together a small team of supporters and researches, chief among them Richard Andrew Pierce, a professional genealogists, they spent years researching every possible record in order to put together The Wampanoag Genealogical History of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts: Referenced to Bank’s History of Marha’s Vineyard, Mass.; Volume 1: Island History, People and Places from Sustained Contact Through the Early Federal Period.

The records uncovered provide details on some of the oldest American lineages, several dating back to the 1500s. Research for this book took the authors from coast to coast, and over to Europe; including, research in Sweden, England, Scotland, and France. Records of every type were unearthed and fully examined; including, nearly indecipherable source materials like disputes, debt cases, letters, births, marriages, and death records. Account book, sea voyages, Indian and colonial records, land, judicial, military, maritime, and religious histories all contributed varying amounts of information. Literally, every scrap of paper with names and information related to the Native population were examined and cross referenced in order to provide as detailed a book as possible. The result is nearly 680 pages of native genealogical information, the likes of which exist for few Native American groups.

 

Contents

About the Authors and Contributors

Preface

Introduction

About Volume 1

How to Use This Book

Part 1: Background to the Research

Records, Repositories, and Resources

Historical Repositories and Services Used

Impact of Colonial Law on Genealogical/Historical Research

Abbreviations

Native New England Chronology: In Historical Context

European Westward Efforts, Natives, and the Vineyard

The Native Vineyard Language

The Six Sachemdoms of Martha’s Vineyard

Native Vineyard Population Statistics

Part 2: Database of Martha’s Vineyard Natives and Relations

Part 3: Appendixes

Appendix 1: Alphabetical Key to Wampanoag Database

Appendix 2: Numerical Key to Wampanoag Database

Appendix 3: Cross-reference to Settlers in Banks’ History

Appendix 4: Residents of Nantucket County in the Database

Appendix 5: Blacks & Mulattos in the Database

Appendix 6: Families Highlighted in Volumes 2 & 3

Appendix 7: Indian Converts…by: Experience Mayhew: Index

Appendix 8: Early Land Transactions: Natives to Immigrants

Appendix 9: Census Sources for Martha’s Vineyard

Appendix 10: Sachems in and Around New England

Appendix 11: Native Place Names on Martha’s Vineyard

Appendix 12: Native Village Names of New England

Part 4: Three Generation Descendancy Charts

Preview of Volume 2: Family Genealogical History: Able

Acknowledgments

Bibliography

Map — The Six Sachemdoms of Martha’s Vineyard alias Nope

 

The Wampanoag Genealogical History of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts is available from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $83.30.

The British Newspaper Archive Turns One

Press Release as issued by The British Newspaper Archive:

Online newspaper archive celebrates its first birthday

The British Newspaper Archive reaches the 6 million page mark on its first birthday

The British Newspaper Archive celebrates its first birthday today, as it reaches the 6 million page milestone. With a target of 40 million fully-searchable pages by 2021, this 10-year project is the biggest digitisation of newspapers to take place in the UK.

The online archive holds stories of all human life, ranging from a heart-rending story of a child transported to Australia for seven years for the theft of seven cups and five saucers, to the coronation, marriage and attempted assassinations of Queen Victoria.

The 6 millionth page to be added to the archive is page three of the ‘Manchester Evening News’ for Friday 11th May 1917.  The main headlines for that day include heavy casualties of war, a ban on horse racing because of a shortage of oats and an advertisement for ladies’ corsets.

Debra Chatfield, Marketing Manager for The British Newspaper Archive, comments: “We are thrilled to hit the 6 million page mark on our first birthday.  The online archive is an Aladdin’s Cave full of fascinating local and national stories that are waiting to be uncovered, all of which can be done, within seconds, from the comfort of your own home.”

Facts about the British Newspaper Archive

  • 10,000 pages are added every day, 7 days a week to the website
  • 150,000 new stories a day, 4,500,000 new stories a month (approx)
  • Over 200 newspaper titles from the UK and Ireland
  • Newspapers cover the period 1710 to 1950
  • It is the biggest programme of newspaper digitisation to take place in the UK and aims to have 40 million, fully-searchable pages on the website by 2021.

To celebrate our birthday, we’re posting Archive stories on the British Newspaper Archive blog for events and birthdays that happened on 29 November through the years.

The website is free to search, with a range of credit and subscription packages available to suit the different needs of researchers who wish to view the paid-for content. Access to the resource is free to users of the British Library’s Reading Rooms.

Registration Opens for the National Genealogical Society’s 2013 Family History Conference

This press release come directly from the National Genealogical Society:

Registration Opens for the National Genealogical Society’s 2013 Family History Conference Las Vegas, Nevada, 8–11 May 2013 Building New Bridges

Arlington, va, 30 November 2012: Registration begins on 1 December 2012 for the National Genealogical Society’s thirty-fifth annual Family History Conference, Building New Bridges, which will be held 8–11 May 2013 at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.  NGS chose Las Vegas because it embodies the West, where different cultures, nations, and technologies connect. In addition to attending the NGS 2013 Family History Conference, participants will have an opportunity to tour Las Vegas and the surrounding area, including the Hoover Dam.

The conference will open with Marian Smith, the renowned chief of the historical research branch of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  Marian will explore the role of national policy changes that affected your ancestors, their records, and your genealogical research.

A few of the wide-ranging NGS 2013 Family History Conference sessions include “The Civil War in the American West,” “Finding American Women’s Voices through the Centuries: Letters, Journals, Newspapers, and Court Records,” “Solving Historical and Family Mysteries with DNA” “When Our Ancestors Met the Law,” “Not Quite Right: Recognizing Errors,” “Immigration into Western US/Canadian Ports,” “Las Vegas in 1910,” and “Social Media Tools for Genealogy.”

Registration begins Saturday, 1 December 2012.  To register online, visit the NGS website at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/attendee_registration and complete the registration form.
The online searchable program is available at http://members.ngsgenealogy.org/Conferences/Program2013.cfm and the PDF brochure is available at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conference_info. The brochure includes an overview of the sessions, tours, pre-conference events, registration times, and rates, as well as general conference and Las Vegas Hotel & Casino details.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

Tracing the Trails of Your Ancestors Using Deed Records

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

To demonstrate the power of deeds in retracing the trail of an ancestor, I will present a case study of one of my own ancestors. This is a real example of the use of deeds to solve a difficult genealogical problem. If you have the problem of knowing that an ancestor was from Virginia, but do not know in which county he lived, then this example may give you an idea of how deeds can help you locate the right county. Remember, we are basing this research on the fact that there is a ninety percent chance that your ancestor owned land. Let’s see if we can solve a “needle in the haystack” search for an ancestor when all we know is that he was born in Virginia in about 1788.

The steps I followed to locate the right county using deeds has been repeated several times. My first success was for an ancestor named Philip Reynolds. To follow along, I will have to give you some of my own genealogy — but any genealogist should be able to relate his own situation to this example.

The problem:

Where exactly did Philip Reynolds live before 1830? In Indiana? In Ohio? In Virginia? Where was he married? Who were his parents?… Does this problem sound familiar?

Facts known, in the order they were found:

1. John Dollarhide, and family living in Jasper County, Indiana, per 1850 census. Apparent wife, Lucy, born in Ohio about 1821. A Philip Reynolds living with them, born c1788 in Virginia. (I had only a guess about who Philip Reynolds might be…)

2. John Dollarhide head of household, 1840 census of Tippecanoe County, Indiana.

3. John Dollarhide married a Lucy Reynolds, 1836, in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, based on a copy of their marriage record. This was the first confirmation that her maiden name was Reynolds. I returned to the 1850 census to look at Philip Reynolds with renewed interest.

4. Philip Reynolds head of household, 1840 census of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, not too far from John Dollarhide household.

5. Philip Reynolds, head of household, 1830 census of Tippecanoe County, Indiana. Several females of right age to be Lucy Reynolds.

6. 1820 Ohio Census Index: only two (2) heads of households with the name Philip Reynolds — one in Trumbull County, the other in Miami County. The Miami County family seemed most promising, but no way to prove which was the right family.

7. Obituary from a Corvallis, Oregon newspaper, dated 1878, stated, “Philip Reynolds was born in Virginia . . . he married Sophia Hill . . . they lived in Ohio a number of years . . . and were the parents of nine children”. This obit also mentioned a surviving daughter, one Lucy Dollarhide, living in California.

8. Philip Reynolds was living with a daughter in Oregon, per 1870 census, born c1788 in Virginia.

9. Philip Reynolds living with another daughter in Iowa, per 1860 census, born c1788 in Virginia.
I might mention that Philip Reynolds has become one my favorite ancestors. It appears that after his wife died in about 1843, the man never worked again — he just moved in with a daughter until she couldn’t stand it any more and then moved to another daughter’s home. I found him living with three different daughters in census records, and since he had nine daughters, his average stay with each lasted only three to four years. In all, he managed to live off his kids for nearly thirty-five years. I have decided that this is a man I would like to emulate.

Confirmation needed:

Was Miami County the place to start? Or perhaps Trumbull County first?

Course of Action:

– Checked library sources for Trumbull and Miami County, Ohio, for any reference to a Philip Reynolds family about 1820. Nothing found for Philip.

– Checked printed court records for both counties. No Philip.

– Checked county histories for both counties. Philip not mentioned.

– Borrowed Family History Library microfilm for Deeds (Grantee/Grantor books) for Miami County, Ohio, for the period 1810-1830. This was based on my knowledge that Lucy (Reynolds) Dollarhide was born in Ohio about 1821.

NOTE: I decided to go through the deeds from Miami County first. This seemed logical because the Philip Reynolds in Trumbull County appeared in the 1820, 1830, and 1840 censuses (and my Philip was in Indiana in 1830). The Philip Reynolds listed in Miami County was there in 1820 but not in the 1830 or 1840 censuses.

After thoroughly reading the Miami County Grantor/Grantee index, I found that the only Philip Reynolds mentioned was in a single transaction that took place in 1837. Since I knew that Philip was in Indiana by 1830, I stopped here. From the index, I obtained the following:

Miami County, Ohio
Deed Book 15, page 355 — Date deed recorded: 22 Sep 1837
Grantor: Philip Reynolds
Grantee: Joseph R. John

There were two things wrong with the deed. First, I expected a deed in which Sophia’s name was mentioned, since dower rights were still in play in Ohio in the 1830’s. I expected to see, “Philip Reynolds and wife Sophia . . .” as a grantor or grantee in the deeds. Second, the date was all wrong. I knew that my Philip Reynolds was in Indiana in 1837 and here was a deed in Ohio for well after the time Philip Reynolds moved to Indiana. But, as I was to learn later, I was not paying attention.

First Breakthrough!

On a trip through Salt Lake City, I decided to visit the Family History Library look up that same Reynolds deed just for the fun of it. Book 15 of the Miami county deeds had been microfilmed. On page 355, I found the following deed recorded:

“. . . Philip Reynolds, of Indiana, to Joseph R. John, of Troy, Miami County, Ohio, lot 151, for $60.00….”

The deed gave Philip Reynolds’ residence! I was now convinced that this was indeed my Philip Reynolds of Tippecanoe County, Indiana. But why wasn’t Sophia’s name mentioned? I have since learned that the dower rights for a wife did not apply to small parcels of land (under one acre or so), so there was no need for Sophia’s name to be part of the deed. It was also clear that Philip Reynolds had owned land in Miami County, Ohio, but did not get around to selling his lot in the town of Troy until some years after moving to Indiana.

Since I had several census records giving Philip Reynolds’s birth as Virginia about 1788, I wondered if it were possible to use this same technique to find the right county in Virginia to search for the Reynolds family. I canceled everything else on my agenda, booked five more days in Salt Lake City, and headed for the microfilmed Virginia deed records. It was now “needle in a haystack” time, but which county first?

Second Breakthrough!

I needed to narrow down the number of counties of Virginia to start my search for Philip Reynolds. There were 135 counties in Virginia in 1820, which included present-day West Virginia. So, I first went through the 1800 and 1810 censuses (actually, reconstructed tax lists) for Virginia looking for the name Reynolds. None of the heads of household had the name Philip Reynolds. But, there were eighteen (18) different counties with both the surname Reynolds and Hill. (Sophia’s maiden name was Hill. I decided to look in just those counties which had evidence of both of these surnames.)

I decided to check the Grantor-Grantee index to all eighteen counties, for the period 1790-1830. I began in alphabetical order and discovered that I could go through a whole county in a matter of minutes to determine if a Philip Reynolds ever owned land there. I was in the Bedford County, Virginia, Grantor-Grantee index and found this information:

Bedford County, Virginia
Deed Book 18, page 359
Date: 15 May 1824
Grantor: Philip and Sophia Reynolds
Grantee: Charles Bayman

I was immediately out of my chair to get the microfilmed Bedford County deeds to read the complete transcript. Here is how the deed transcript began:

“…This Indenture made this 15th day of May A.D. 1824 between Philip Reynolds and Sophia his wife of the County of Miami, and the state of Ohio of the one part and Charles Bayman of the County of Bedford, Virginia….”

No doubt about it! This was the right couple, and the right county in Virginia! Once I had established Bedford County, Virginia, as the county were Philip and Sophia Reynolds lived, less than thirty minutes later I was in Bedford County marriage records, where I found the following entry:

“Philip Reynolds to Sophia Hill, 20 Dec 1806”

Summary:

Without using deeds, it would have been possible to find Philip Reynolds in Miami County, Ohio, or Bedford County, Virginia — but using the deed indexes as a finding tool, it was quicker and easier to get to the right place. Other records soon became apparent, and the research task was a huge success. What I was able to do with the deeds was retrace the trail Philip Reynolds followed from Virginia to Ohio, and to Indiana.. Without the deed in Ohio, I would not have been able to confirm that the deed in Virginia was for the same man.

This example of using deeds to establish the trail an ancestor followed is not a rare occurrence. Every deed will give you the residence of both the grantor and grantee. If a man sold his land after leaving a county, you may learn of the place he moved to. If a man bought land in another county before moving, you may learn of the county he left. If a man owned several parcels of land in a county, the first deed and the last deed may provide important evidence of the exact dates of a person’s residence in a particular place.

New Records Added at FamilySearch for Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, & the U.S.A.

FamilySearch added an additional 16.3 million new, free indexed records and images this week to its collection. Notable additions include the 1,984,100 records for the United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards from 1917-1918, the 2,056,187 added to U.S., California, Probate Estate Files from 1833-1991, and the 1,610,053 added to the new British Columbia, Canada, collections. Other new searchable collections online were added this week for Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, and the United States. 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.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Australia, Tasmania, Miscellaneous Records, 1829-1961 – 0 – 11,530 – New browsable image collection.
Brazil, Civil Registration, 1870-2012 – 0 – 64,710 – New browsable image collection.
Brazil, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965 – 84,787 – 79,060 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1890-2012 – 0 – 25,430 – Added images to an existing collection.
Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2012 – 0 – 5,486 – New browsable image collection.
Canada, British Columbia, Crown Land Grants, 1869-1930 – 0 – 540,745 – New browsable image collection.
Canada, British Columbia, Dominion Land Branch Records, 1885-1949 – 0 – 286,132 – New browsable image collection.
Canada, British Columbia, Estate Files, 1859-1949 – 0 – 783,176 – Added images to an existing collection.
Canada, Nova Scotia, Antigonish Catholic Diocese, 1823-1905 – 0 – 10,838 – Added images to an existing collection.
Canada, Ontario Births, 1869-1912 – 81,706 – 0 – New indexed record collection.
Chile, Santiago, Cementerio General, 1821-2011 – 0 – 157,478 – New browsable image collection.
Czech Republic, Land Records, 1450-1889 – 0 – 177,147 – New browsable image collection.
England, Northumberland, Miscellaneous Records, 1570-2005 – 0 – 5,243 – Added images to an existing collection.
Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records, 1544-1945 – 0 – 738 – Added images to an existing collection.
India, Hindu Pilgrimage Records, 1194-2012 – 0 – 17,819 – Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Pavia, Pavia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1806-1812, 1866-1935 – 0 – 306,382 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Perugia, Perugia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1861-1929 – 0 – 405,632 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Sondrio, Sondrio, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929 – 0 – 279,212 – Added images to an existing collection.
Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books, 1600-1950 – 0 – 6,949 Added images to an existing collection.
Portugal, Castelo Branco, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1911 – 0 – 21,869 – Added images to an existing collection.
Portugal, Coimbra, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911 – 0 – 38,836 – Added images to an existing collection.
South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951-2006 – 0 – 131,427 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Cádiz, Testaments, 1550-1920 – 0 – 15,752 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1583-1936 – 0 – 23,446 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784-1931 – 0 – 12,053 – New browsable image collection.
Spain, Province of Gerona, Municipal Records, 1566-1956 – 0 – 21,784 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Lérida, Municipal Records, 1319-1940 – 0 – 25,103 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Málaga, Municipal Records, 1842-1925 – 0 – 115,213 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Tarragona, Municipal Records, 1430-1916 – 0 – 7,688 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., California, Probate Estate Files, 1833-1991 – 0 – 2,056,187 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Idaho, Divorce Index, 1947-1961 – 38,625 – 0 – New indexed record collection.
U.S., Idaho, Lincoln County Records, 1886-1972 – 0 – 29,018 – New browsable image collection.
>U.S., Idaho, Marriage Index, 1947-1961
– 131,597 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959 – 101,709 – 228,433 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
U.S., Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935 – 1,316,956 – 0 – New indexed record collection.
Louisiana, Orleans Court Records, 1822-1880 – 0 – 12,970 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Louisiana, Orleans Parish Will Books, 1805-1920 – 0 – 17,971 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Louisiana, Orleans Parish Second District Judicial Court Case Files, 1846-1880 – 0 – 13,353 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Louisiana, Second Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1948-1959 – 243,676 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Maine, Death Index, 1960-1996 – 401,960 – 0 – New indexed record collection.
U.S., Maine, Marriage Index, 1892-1966, 1977-1996 – 857,131 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Maine, Oxford County, Probate Estate Files, 1805-1915 – 0 – 177,447 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Maine, State Archive Collections, 1790-1966 – 0 – 3,000 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1629-1983 – 0 – 51,425 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Massachusetts, State Vital Records, 1841-1920 – 0 – 17,531 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954 – 845,964 – 0 – New indexed record collection.
U.S., Montana, Beaverhead County Records, 1862-2009 – 0 – 71,761 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Montana, Granite County Records, 1865-2009 – 0 – 503,068 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Montana, Yellowstone County Records, 1881-2011 – 0 – 20,141 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., New Hampshire, County Probate Estate Files, 1769-1936 – 0 – 874,310 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., New Hampshire, County Probate Records, 1660-1983 – 0 – 524,272 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., New Jersey, Probate Records, 1678-1980 – 0 – 107,634 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787-1938 – 0 – 32,001 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1924 – 0 – 130,441 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Ohio, Jefferson County Court Records, 1797-1940 – 0 – 156,746 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Oregon, Marion County Records, 1849-1976– 0 – 406,225 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Ohio, Summit County, Coroner Inquests, Hospital and Cemetery Records, 1882-1947 – 0 – 669 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Tennessee, Putnam County Records, 1854-1955 – 0 – 121,173 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Texas, Deaths, 1977-1986 – 0 – 18,160 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Virginia, Isle of Wight County Records, 1647-1917 – 0 – 28,353 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Washington, County Probate Records, 1853-1929 – 0 – 108,658 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848-1935 – 0 – 30,110 – New browsable image collection.
United States, 1890 Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War – 897,849 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 – 1,984,100 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.

The above information was received from FamilySearch December 4, 2012.

The Expansion of New England

For 2012, the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has republished The Expansion of New England: The Spread of New England Settlement and Institutions to the Mississippi River, 1620-1865. Lois Mathews wrote and originally published this history in 1909. Many of today’s historians and genealogists have overlooked this valuable history. However, NEHGS recognized the value is this volume, and so have made it available again.

In this manuscript, Mathews seeks to explain where and why people migrated, first to early coastal settlements, then throughout the region as families moved inland and northward during the colonial period. The author continues this historical examination of migration through the 1850s and people moved up and down the Hudson River, and then on into central and western New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and the northern counties of Indiana and Illinois.

Mathews examines reasons behind migration movements, including, socio-economics, religion, and war. She also evaluates the relationships between Native Americans and settlers. Even the formation of new states is reviewed.

Ralph Crandall, Executive Director Emeritus for NEHGS provided the foreword for this most recent publishing. In it, he outlines the value of this book to genealogists. He suggest that first, taking the larger migration patterns into consideration can help genealogists potentially reverse trace a families origin in the American colonies. Second, Crandall notes that Mathews thoroughly examined the printed literature available in her day; namely, town histories and other works that covered specific migrations. These smaller migrations were usually small clusters of families. These groups and the sources are cited through the book. Genealogist can identify specific works for further reference and reading.

Of course, just knowing a bit of history, and understanding the driving forces of the day, can help researchers make deductions about their own ancestors and their likely movements throughout New England and beyond.

 

Contents

Chapter I Introduction

Chapter II The Beginning of an American Frontier

Chapter III The Influence of Indian Warfare Upon the Frontier

Chapter IV Forty Years of Strife withing the Wilderness

Chapter V The Frontier in War and in Peace, 1754-1781

Chapter VI The Beginning of the Great Migrations form New England Toward the West, 1781-1812

Chapter VII The Planting of a Second New England, 1787-1865

Chapter VIII The Joining of Two Frontiers: Indiana and Illinois, 1809-1865

Chapter IX The New Englanders as State Builders: Michigan and Wisconsin, 1820-1860

Chapter X Two Centuries and a Half of New England Pioneering, 1620-1865

 

Find The Expansion of New England: The Spread of New England Settlement and Institutions to the Mississippi River, 1620-1865 at Family Roots Publishing; Price: $17.59.

Georgia Research: A Handbook for Genealogists, Historians, Archivists, Lawyers, Librarians, and Other Researchers; Second Edition

Beginning 12 February 1733, more than one hundred years after Plymouth, Savannah became the thirteenth British colony. For the first 19 years, the colony was the under the rule of a board of trustees which sent many Protestant debtors there to settle. While Georgia provided opportunity for these poor to start over, the area was on the frontier and life was difficult. Many died  while others fled to more established colonies.

In 1752, the Crown took possession of the colony and eliminated existing restrictions on slavery, rum, and property ownership. This opened the way for more opportunistically minded settlers to try their hand in the new colony. By 1773, Georgia’s population was still relatively low, but was nearly half slaves, with approximately 18,000 whites and around 15,000 black slaves.

After the Revolutionary War, the new state of Georgia continued to expand. With that expansion, the state seat moved many times; from Savannah to Augusta in 1783, to Louisville in 1795, to Milledgeville in 1805, and finally to Atlanta in 1868. Like the other colonies, changes in government, expansion, and changing government seats, means many genealogically valuable documents have been moved or lost over time.  Researchers depend on the work and guidance of others to help find repositories of records and the means of accessing these records. Thus, the Georgia Genealogical Society, with major contributions by Robert S. Davis and Ted O. Brooke, have put together and published Georgia Research: A Handbook for Genealogists, Historians, Archivists, Lawyers, Librarians, and Other Researchers; Second Edition.

Like so many state specific genealogical resource guides, Georgia Research, lists and describes federal, state, and local level repositories and records of genealogical and historical interest throughout Georgia. The new 2012 second edition is an update to the original 2001 publication. Major advances in genealogical research, available sources, the Internet, and the relocation of both the Georgia Archives and the National Archives in  Atlanta made it clear to the Society a new, updated version was necessary. This new version reflects the changes of the past eleven years, including, new locations and added resources.

The listing of resources in this book is one of the more interest and effective methods I have seen for sharing resource information. The first chapters plainly lists federal and state sources found in Georgia. These are typically the largest and better known repositories, such as the National Archives, state archives, major newspapers, cemetery lists, and more. The second chapter provides descriptions and locations based on time periods. Records start with in modern times and work backwards.

The third chapter details records on a county and local level. Here each county is listed along with the county seat, year and nature of its beginning and when certain record types begin. The counties are listed alphabetically and include a list of major published records pertinent to the area; for example, newspapers, court records, cemeteries, etc. The last chapter offers up other miscellaneous resources. See below for a complete contents listing.

 

Georgia Research: A Handbook for Genealogists, Historians, Archivists, Lawyers, Librarians, and Other Researchers; Second Edition is available from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $34.30.

 

Contents

Maps

Figures

Foreword

Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1 Federal and State Sources in Georgia

  • The National Archives and Records Administration
  • National Archives at Atlanta (Southeast Region)
    • Population Census Report
    • Non-Population Census Reports
    • Military Reports
    • Passenger Lists
    • Naturalization Records
    • Tax Records
    • List of Postmasters
    • Indian Records
    • Court Records
    • Other Federal Sources
  • Guides and Bibliographies
  • The Georgia Archives
    • Government Records
    • Supreme Court of Georgia
    • Court of Appeals of Georgia
    • Other Resources
    • General Name File
    • Miscellaneous Church and Cemetery File
    • Microfilm Library
    • Leon Hollingsworth Genealogical Collection
    • Georgia Society, DAR “Genealogical Records” Collection
    • Private Manuscript Collections
    • Hereditary and Military Descent Organizations
  • Other Statewide Repositories
    • Georgia Historical Society
    • Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library
    • Historic Preservation Division
    • Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library
    • University of Georgia Main Library
    • Washington Memorial Library
  • Maps, Locations, and Place Names
    • Modern Maps
    • Historical Maps
    • Maps of State, County, and Militia District Boundaries
    • Maps of Federal Post Offices
    • Federal Topographical Maps
    • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
    • County Boundary Maps
    • Place Names
    • Forts, Ferries, Roads, and Place Names
    • Military Installations
    • Colonial and Coastal Places
    • Early Georgia Places
    • Indian Place Names
    • Civil War Locations
    • Taverns and Inns
    • American Place Names
    • Citations of Visits to Georgia
  • Biographical Source Directories
    • New Georgia Encyclopedia
    • Georgia Biography Card Catalog
    • File II and Related Sources
    • Atlanta Area Biographical and Death Records
    • Business Persons
    • Lists of Professionals and Persons of Note
    • Early Lawyers
    • Medical Professionals and Dental Professionals
    • Military Officers
    • Southern Artisans
  • Fraternal Organizations
    • Freemasons/Mason
    • Other Organizations
  • Special Resources on Women
  • Newspapers and Newspaper Indexes
    • Nationwide Collections
    • Georgia Newspapers
    • Georgia Newspaper Project
  • Cemeteries
  • Church Records
    • Georgia Baptist Convention
    • Primitive Baptist Denomination
    • Catholic Church
    • Jewish Religion
    • Methodist Denomination
    • Presbyterian Denomination
  • Religious Newspapers
    • Baptists Newspapers
    • Primitive Baptist Newspapers
    • Lutheran Newspapers
    • Methodist Newspapers
    • Presbyterian Newspapers
  • Miscellaneous General Sources
  • Internet Genealogy for Georgia

Continue Reading “Georgia Research: A Handbook for Genealogists, Historians, Archivists, Lawyers, Librarians, and Other Researchers; Second Edition”

Ontario People: 1796-1803

Ontario People: 1796-1803 is a book of lists. The easiest way to describe its contents is to simply quote from its Introduction:

“After the American Revolution, several thousand families came to settle in the western part of Quebec, later called Upper Canada, then Canada West and today Ontario. These settlers were former members of American Loyalist regiments, discharged British and German servicemen, and some civilians and refugees. They were offered grants of 200 acres of land on condition that they take an oath of allegiance and remain loyal to the British regime. The military and Loyalist arrivals who had come earlier received larger grants, generally in relation to their services to the Crown, their rank or status, and family size…

All settlers received certificates showing the location of the lots on which they were to clear land and build houses. First, however, it was necessary to establish who had the right to obtain title deeds, and in 1796 a proclamation was issued that required Loyalists and others to surrender their certificates in exchange for title deeds and to make a statement under oath in the district court as to their right to hold them…

Subsequently, thousands of settlers appeared before the magistrates in district courts throughout Upper Canada. The magistrates provided additional information in the records, which have been preserved in the National Archives of Canada and are usually called the District Loyalist Rolls of 1796. These rolls have been carefully transcribed for the first time by Dr. E. Keith Fitzgerald, who has supplemented the 4,000 entries with further data from his own research. Details supplied by the settlers, the magistrates, and by Dr. Fitzgerald now provide a rich source of information on the early inhabitants of Ontario. Some entries show, for example, relationships, deaths, military service, maiden names of married women, and remarriage of widows…”

There are approximately 3,000 names listed in these pages.

Copies of Ontario People: 1796-1803 are available from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $24.50.

 

A New Voices of Genealogy Release, Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, Building Bridges between Genealogy and History

The following was released by the National Genealogical Society:

A New Voices of Genealogy Release, Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, Building Bridges between Genealogy and History

The National Genealogical Society invites you, our members, to view the November release honoring the 100th anniversary of the NGSQ: Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, director of The Great Migration Study Project, on “Building Bridges between Genealogy and History.”

Anderson’s topic anticipates the NGS 2013 Family History Conference, Building New Bridges, to be held 8−11 May 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Just as the West is a timeless “bridge” where nations, cultures, and technologies connect, the four-day NGS conference will offer lectures that emphasize the diversity and movement of people, the places they settled, and the records they left behind.

At the conference Anderson will present two lectures that bridge genealogy and history. On Friday, 10 May, at 4:00 p.m., he will offer “Las Vegas in 1910,” an in-depth demographic analysis of the host city as it was in 1910. Anderson’s study can serve as a model for similar projects in other places. On Saturday, 11 May, at 11:30 a.m., he will speak about how consistent application of “The Elements of Genealogical Analysis” can make genealogical study more rigorous.

The video was produced by award winning filmmakers Kate Geis and Allen Moore from an interview by Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG, co-editor of the NGSQ. Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, “Building Bridges between Genealogy and History,” is now playing at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.

Previous releases in the Voices of Genealogy archive now playing for members at the NGS website (http://www.ngsgenealogy.org) present Mary McCampbell Bell, CG; John Frederick Dorman, CG (Emeritus), FASG, FNGS, FVGS; David L. Greene, PhD, FASG; Frederick C. Hart Jr., CG, FASG; Ronald Ames Hill, PhD, CG, FASG; Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG, FGBS; Harry Macy, FASG, FGBS; George Ely Russell, CG, FASG, FNGS; and Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG, FNGS.

We welcome your comments on the videos. Please contact the executive producer, Arlene V. Jennings, at arlenevj@earthlink.net

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.