Records of Weddings and Funerals, 1963 through 2002, Donated to Milan, Michigan Public Library

Photographed are library personnel, Barbara Beaton and Susan Wess, and the Rev. Vern Campbell, retired pastor of People’s Presbyterian Church, and Milan historian Martha Churchill. Campbell and Churchill collaborated on complying marriage and death records kept by Campbell as pastor for 31 years.
Photographed are library personnel, Barbara Beaton and Susan Wess, and the Rev. Vern Campbell, retired pastor of People’s Presbyterian Church, and Milan historian Martha Churchill. Campbell and Churchill collaborated on complying marriage and death records kept by Campbell as pastor for 31 years.

MILAN [Michigan]- The Milan Public Library received some informative materials on Jan. 30 when Milan historian, Martha Churchill, and retired pastor of People’s Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Vern Campbell, presented two large volumes of printed materials collected by Campbell for more than 31 years.

Personal records of weddings and funerals performed by Campbell were written on index cards that were passed to Churchill who organized the information in bound copies for the genealogy collection at the library.

Read the full article by Joyce Ervin, published in the February 5, 2015 edition of the Milan News-Leader website.

FamilySearch Adds Over 125.4 Million Indexed Records & Images to the USA #Genealogy

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FamilySearch has added more than 125.4 million indexed records and images to collections from the United States. Notable collection updates include the 124,060,301 indexed records from the Find A Grave Index collection; the 830,416 indexed records and images from the US, Michigan Obituaries, 1820–2006 collection; and the 497,490 images from the US, Washington, County Records, 1803–2010 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at 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 worldís 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

Find A Grave Index – 124,060,301 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

US, Michigan Obituaries, 1820–2006 – 761,569 – 68,847 – New indexed records and images collection.

US, Montana, Lake County Records, 1857–2010 – 11,217 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Montana, Sanders County Records, 1866–2010 – 5,416 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Tennessee, White County Records, 1809–1975 – 0 – 124 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Utah, Weber County Marriages, 1887–1938 – 0 – 92,654 – New browsable image collection.

US, Washington, County Records, 1803–2010 – 0 – 497,490 – Added images to an existing collection.

Index to the Oakland County Michigan Probate Calendar V. I – 1822-1856

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I just got a download copy of Andrew J. Morris’s new Index to Oakland County Michigan Probate Calendar Vol. 1 – 1822-1856. I was excited to see that Andrew had completed this project, as I have Oakland County research myself.

If you go to FamilySearch, you will find that they have posted images of the Oakland County Michigan Probate Calendar Vol. 1 & 2 – 1822-1870 for the county, but it has no index currently. Being 724 images long, and containing 2,654 probates, it’s a bit of a job to find family if you don’t know death dates. Even then, as we all know, deaths were not always probated in as timely a fashion as we would like.

Using the new Index to Oakland County Michigan Probate Calendar Vol. 1 – 1822-1856, I was able to find probate record #711 for Selah Canfield, with the record being made in 1847. I had found his wife, Dorcas, living in the county in the 1850 census using Ancestry.com, but previously had no name for her deceased husband. Now I’ve got it.

Nearly 4,000 persons listed in this eBook are not yet in the FamilySearch names index, at least for these 1308 records. The record numbers run from 1 to 1339 in Volume 1, but 31 of those are blank. According to the book’s website, “the cases include 452 guardianship actions, and 818 estate probates, and several continuances from earlier records. Intestate cases outnumber those having a will by about three to one. For the first few years these records are not in exact chronological order.”

The first part of this book lists each person named in each record, and the role they played, with records in their original order. The second part of this volume (the index) is an alphabetical list of all the names and name variants encountered, and the corresponding record number or numbers where they appear. I found the Canfields in this index, stating that Record 711 is where I’d find the info that led me to the full Record 711 at the FamilySearch site. That was easy to find as I just used the Image number box to go forward and backward until I spotted #711. It just turned out to be on image 192 of 724 images. In the book, Andrew also included a key that lists which numbers begin with each 10th image of the on-line version, to help users more easily zoom in on the correct record.

This eBook is downloadable in PDF format, 369 pgs, and is 458Kb in size. It sell for just $6.95 total. There is no shipping charge of course, as it’s a pdf download. Click on the link to learn more, and to order.

Surnames found in the Index are:

Abbee, Abbott, Ackerman, Ackley, Adams, Addiss, Ager, Aiken, Albright, Alderman, Alderman, Aldern, Aldrich, Alexander, Alford, Alger, Algoe, Allen, Allison, Almy, Ames, Amscomb, Anscomb, Andrew, Andrews, Andrus, Anscomb, Anscome, Arms, Armstrong, Arnold, Arthur, Ashley, Atkin, Axford, Babcock, Bachans, Bachman, Bacon, Bagg, Bagley, Bailey, Baker, Baldwin, Ballard, Ballinger, Bancroft, Banks, Barber, Barbour, Bard, Barhaus, Barkley, Barnum, Barrett, Barritt, Barross, Barrows, Bartlett, Bassett, Batcham, Bateham, Bates, Bawker, Bayley, Bayley, Beach, Beal, Beam, Beardslee, Beardsley, Beardslie, Beber, Beech, Belding, Belford, Belknapp, Bell, Bement, Benedict, Benjamin, Benjiman, Bennet, Bennett, Berridge, Besley, Bessey, Betteys, Betty, Bettys, Beyeral, Bibler, Bickford, Bigelow, Biggalow, Biggerstaff, Bigler, Biglow, Bingham, Bird, Birdsall, Birdsel, Bishop, Bissel, Bixbey, Bixby, Blackman, Blackwood, Blain, Blakely, Blakeslee, Blakeslie, Blanchard, Blindbury, Bloss, Blount, Blumburg, Bonny, Boswell, Botsford, Botsworth, Boughton, Bouny, Boutwell, Bower, Bowers, Bowkes, Bowman, Boyer, Bradley, Bradly, Bray, Braynard, Brazington, Brennan, Brewer, Brewster, Briggs, Brigham, Brigler, Bristol, Britain, Britian, Broctey, Bromley, Bronell, Bronson, Brook, Brooks, Browman, Brown, Brownell, Bryan, Bryns, Buckland, Bull, Bullard, Bullock, Burbank, Burges, Burke, Burks, Burnett, Burns, Burroughs, Burrows, Burt, Burton, Burwell, Bush, Bushaw, Butler, Butson, Butterfield, Buttolph, Button, Buzzell, Cady, Cahoon, Cain, Calking, Calkins, Calon, Campbell, Canfield, Card, Carey, Cargill, Carhart, Carhartt, Carm, Carman, Carnes, Carpenter, Carter, Carter, Caruss, Casmer, Cass, Cassidy, Caster, Castle, Caswell, Chadwick, Chafey, Chaffey, Chamberlin, Chambers, Champion, Chapel, Chapin, Chapman, Chappel, Chappell, Chase, Chatfield, Cheney, Chew, Chipman, Christopher, Church, Clark, Clarke, Clawson, Clifford, Close, Coddington, Coe, Cogsdell, Cogsdill, Cogshall, Cogswell, Cole, Coleman, Colin, Collins, Colver, Colvin, Comstock, Conant, Conart, Cone, Conert, Connont, Cook, Coon, Coonley, Coonly, Coons, Cooper, Coovert, Copeland, Courliss, Cove, Covert, Covey, Covill, Covitt, Cowell, Cowles, Crafts, Craig, Crain, Cram, Cramb, Crane, Cranson, Crawford, Cressey, Cressy, Crippen, Crippin, Crombie, Cronk, Cross, Crotty, Cudworth, Culver, Cummings, Cupit, Curtice, Curtis, Curtiss, Daily, Danchey, Daniels, Danow, Darrah, Darrow, Davidson, David, Davis, Davison, Day, De Smet, Dean, Decker, Decomick, Delling, Demerest, Demun, Demunn, Denison, Derbyshire, Dernberger, Deuel, Devenport, Devirieux, Deviruiux, Devrieux, Dewey, Dietz, Dilling, Dillon, Dimmick, Dimon, Dimond, Dodd, Dole, Donaldson, Dornberger, Dorr, Doty, Douglas, Douglass, Dove, Dow, Downes, Downey, Drake, Draper, Drinkall, Drum, Drummond, Drummont, Drumont, Dubois, Duers, Duglass, Dunham, Dunklee, Dunning, Dunston, Durfee, Durham, Durkee, Dutcher, Dutton, Dwelle, East, Eastman, Eaton, Eckles, Eddy, Eldred, Eldrith, Eliot, Ellenwood, Elliot, Elliott, Ellsworth, Ellwood, Elving, Elwood, Ensign, Estes, Evenes, Evens, Ewell, Ewen, Fairchild, Fall, Fanton, Farley, Farnsworth, Farr, Fellows, Felton, Fenner, Ferguson, Ferister, Ferris, Field, Fields, Fifield, Findlay, Findley, Fish, Fisher, Fitch, FitzPatrick, Fletcher, Flinn, Flint, Flower, Flummerfelt, Foot, Foote, Fortis, Fosdick, Foster, Foulk, Fowler, Fox, Fraizer, Frakes, Frasier, French, Frick, Frink, Frost, Fuller, Furgason, Furgeson, Furgesson, Furguson, Gadiner, Gage, Gallespie, Galloway, Gamble, Gamwell, Gardiner, Gardner, Garfield, Garlick, Garner, Garrett, Geanona, Gerkes, German, Gibbles, Gibbles, Gibbs, Giddings, Gilbert, Gillett, Gillick, Gillick, Gilmour, Given, Glaiser, Glazier, Godfrey, Goodale, Goodenough, Goodrich, Goodrick, Goodsale, Goodwin, Gool, Gorman, Goss, Gould, Grace, Graham, Granger, Grant, Grattan, Graves, Grean, Green, Greer, Gregory, Greoett, Grey, Grindley, Grinell, Grinley, Grinnell, Grinnelley, Griswold, Groett, Grow, Guile, Gulick, Guoett, Hadley, Hadly, Hadsell, Haff, Hagerman, Haight, Haines, Hall, Hamilton, Hamlin, Hammen, Hammer, Hammond, Hance, Hand, Hanifare, Hankinson, Hanscom, Haon, Harding, Hare, Harmon, Harper, Harrington, Harris, Harter, Hartman, Hartwell, Hascall, Hassler, Hasslers, Hastings, Hatch, Hathaway, Hausard, Haviland, Hawcom, Hawley, Haworth, Haywood, Hazard, Haze, Hazen, Hazzard, Hearn, Heartwell, Hedger, Hedges, Hemingway, Henderson, Hendrickson, Henry, Herrick, Herrington, Hibbler, Hibler, Hickey, Hickling, Hickok, Hicks, Hide, Higby, Hill, Hilldreth, Hiller, Hills, Hinsely, Hitchcock, Hoaeg, Hoag, Hoagland, Hoaglund, Hoar, Hobdy, Hodge, Hodges, Hoffman, Holbrook, Holister, Holland, Hollister, Hollsted, Holmes, Hopkins, Horner, Horton, Hosner, Hotchkiss, Hothkiss, Hough, Houghkirk, Houghton, Houston, Houton, Houtoon, Houtoon, Howan, Howard, Howe, Howland, Hubbard, Hubbel, Hubbell, Hubbert, Hubble, Hudson, Huff, Hummer, Hungerford, Hunn, Hunsmer, Hunt, Hunter, Huntington, Huntoon, Hurlburt, Husted, Hutchins, Huton, Hyde, Hyly, Ingersoll, Ingolls, Insley, Irish, Irvine, Irwin, Isham, Jackson, Jacox, James, Janness, Jarvis, Jasper, Jaycocks, Jaycoxx, Jenkins, Jenks, Jennings, Jewell, Johns, Johnson, Johnston, Jones, Judd, Junks, Kain, Kelley, Kellogg, Kelloy, Kelly, Kemmis, Kendall, Kennedy, Kent, Ketchum, Keyes, Keys, King, Kinsman, Kinyon, Kipp, Kirby, Kline, Knapp, Knight, Knowles, Knowls, Knowlton, Kyle, Lacey, Lacy, Ladson, Lafayette, Lamb, Lambertson, Landin, Lane, Langdell, Lanning, Lapham, Larkins, Larzelier, Lathrop, Lattin, Lavenworth, Lawrence, Lawson, Lay, Le Roy, Lee, Leek, Leet, Lemarel, Leonard, LeRoy, Letson, Lewis, Linabery, Little, Lochman, Lockwood, Lodge, Logan, Longhry, Loomis, Loop, Lorey, Loser, Losey, Loud, Louthard, Louton, Lovejoy, Lowell, Lowerey, Lowrey, Luce, Lucey, Luddy, Ludun, Lull, Lusk, Luthard, Lynch, Lyon, Mach, Mack, Maddin, Magown, Maloney, Mann, Manning, Mansfield, Marlatt, Marlin, Marsh, Martin, Mason, Mathews, Mathewson, Matthews, Maxwell, Maybee, McAlpine, McCall, McCarnel, McClane, McClaroe, McCloskey, McClung, McConnel, McConnell, McDevitt, McDole, McGinnis, McGowan, McGown, McGraw, McGregor, McGunigal, McIntyre, McKnight, McLaga, McLagan, McLane, McLarin, McLaughlin, McPherson, McVea, McVean, McWethey, McWethy, Mead, Mendham, Merchant, Merithew, Meserall, Mickall, Micksell, Middagh, Middaugh, Millard, Miller, Millerd, Milliard, Milligan, Mills, Mitchell, Moegle, Monroe, Montfort, Montgomery, Mooney, Moore, Morgan, Morin, Morley, Morris, Morrison, Morse, Morton, Mowrey, Mowry, Mun, Munn, Munson, Murdock, Murlin, Murray, Murry, Myre, Myrick, Narrin, Nate, Nelson, Neubury, Neudall, Newbery, Newman, Newton, Nichols, Nicholson, Niles, Nixon, Noble, Norris, North, Northrop, Northrope, Northrup, Northway, Norton, Noyes, Nye, O\\\\\\\’Rourke, Oatman, Ogden, Ogle, Olmstead, Oothout, ORouk, Orvis, Osborn, Ostrander, Owen, Owens, Pack, Packard, Paddack, Paddock, Page, Palenes, Palmer, Palmerlee, Parish, Park, Parke, Parker, Parkherst, Parks, Parmer, Parsons, Partridge, Patten, Patterson, Patton, Pearsall, Pearson, Pease, Peck, Pendrigh, Perison, Perkins, Perrin, Perry, Peter, Pettibone, Petty, Pettybone, Phelps, Philbrick, Philips, Phillips, Pickering, Pierce, Pierson, Pinkerton, Pinkney, Pittman, Pitts, Plat, Platt, Pope, Porit, Porrit, Porter, Postal, Posttle, Potter, Potts, Powell, Power, Pratt, Predmore, Presly, Preston, Prindel, Proctor, Putnam, Pyle, Queenan, Quick, Quness, Ragg, Randall, Randel, Ransford, Rathbun, Rathburn, Raught, Ray, Raynale, Raynor, Redmond, Reed, Regon, Reid, Reid, Rendall, Reyley, Reynold, Reynolds, Rhoads, Rice, Ricen, Rich, Richardson, Richmond, Rickard, Rickerd, Riggs, Rikerd, Rikes, Riley, Risden, Roberts, Robertson, Robinson, Rockwell, Rodger, Rodimon, Rogers, Rood, Rose, Roseburgh, Rosebury, Rosenkrans, Ross, Rouse, Rowand, Royce, Ruaght, Rudd, Ruffles, Ruggels, Ruggles, Rundell, Russel, Rust, Rutt, Ryley, Ryman, Sadler, Sammers, Samuel, Sanderson, Sarolell, Satterlee, Saunderson, Sawtell, Saymor, Saymour, Schollard, Schutt, Scot, Scott, Scougale, Scudder, Sears, Seaton, Seeley, Seely, Selden, Seldon, Servis, Servise, Sessions, Seville, Sexton, Shadbolt, Shafton, Shain, Shanahan, Shanklin, Shaver, Shaw, Sheffield, Shelburt, Shelden, Shell, Sherman, Sherwood, Shippen, Shippey, Shirtiff, Shirtliff, Shirts, Short, Shuler, Shute, Sibly, Sikes, Simerson, Simmons, Simonson, Sinclair, Sisson, Skidmore, Skinner, Sleeper, Slingerland, Sloat, Sly, Smart, Smith, Snell, Snover, Snow, Snyder, Sova, Sowle, Spalding, Spaulding, Spear, Speer, Speller, Spencer, Sperry, Sprague, Spreyne, Stambo, Stanard, Standard, Stanley, Starkey, Starr, Steel, Steele, Stephens, Stephenson, Stevens, Stevenson, Stewart, Stinson, Stockwell, Stoddard, Stone, Stoughton, Stout, Stowell, Strattor, Stringer, Stuart, Sugden, Sullivan, Suthard, Sutphin, Sutton, Swan, Swartz, Swayza, Swayze, Sweet, Swezey, Sykes, Tabbs, Taber, Tackels, Talbott, Tayler, Taylor, Teach, Teas, Tedman, Ten Eyck, TenEyck, Tennant, Tenney, Terry, Thacher, Thatcher, Thayer, Thomas, Thompson, Thornton, Thurber, Thurston, Tibbets, Tibbetts, Tibbits, Tibbles, Tibits, Tindall, Tinney, Tinny, Todd, Tollman, Tompkins, Toms, Tootill, Torry, Townsend, Traphagen, Travis, Treat, Trebuch, Trick, Trobridge, Trobrige, Troop, Trotwin, Trotwine, Trowbridge, Turner, Tutt, Tuttle, Tyler, Underhill, Underwood, Ureh, Utter, Valentine, Van Amburgh, Van Buren, Van Duzn, Van Epps, Van Sickle, VanDuzen, VanSteinburgh, Vaughan, Vaughn, Vincent, Vlett, Voorheis, Voorhies, Voornhies, Voughan, Voujal, Vreidinburgh, Waldo, Walker, Wallace, Wallan, Walter, Walton, Warner, Warren, Wass, Wasson, Waters, Watkins, Watson, Watters, Watts, Wazer, Weaver, Webb, Webster, Weed, Weeks, Welles, Wells, Wendall, Wendell, Wendel, Werrington, Wesson, West, Westmoreland, Weston, Wever, Weydemeyer, Wheeler, Wheelock, Whelock, Whitcomb, White, Whitemore, Whitfield, Whitney, Whitteman, Whittemon, Whittimore, Wilber, Wilbur, Wilcox, Wilder, Wilders, Wilkinson, Willcox, Willey, Williams, Williamson, Willis, Wilsey, Wilson, Winans, Windcate, Windeate, Windiate, Winfield, Winslow, Wisner, Witmore, Wixom, Wixsom, Woggles, Wolcott, Wolf, Wood, Woodford, Woodhull, Woodin, Woodman, Woodworth, Wooley, Woolf, Wooster, Worden, Wordon, Worthing, Worthman, Wortman, Wrighley, Wright, Wrigley, Wycoff, Yerkes, Youden, Youdoun, Youdun, Young, Zekush, Zimmerman

Detroit News Archival Materials Moving to the State Archives of Michigan

If you have Detroit-area ancestry, you’ll be interested to know that The Detroit News is moving their archival collections to the Michigan State Archives. These collections include items that Michigan researchers will want to check out. The following teaser is from the October 20, 2014 edition of detroitnews.com:

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As The Detroit News packs up for the move to our new Fort Street location Friday, staffers have been poring through treasures and oddities from almost 100 years of producing journalism at 615 W. Lafayette Blvd.

Think of it as a cross between “American Pickers,” “History Detectives” and “Hoarders,” if the latter show featured a 141-year-old newspaper instead of someone’s elderly, pack-rat uncle.

The good news is that much of our archival material will be available for the first time for the public to see and use as research, because the bulk of it is going to the state Archives of Michigan, and is being digitized and preserved for our access, and the future.

One of the most interesting tools for genealogists and historians will be 2 million typed index cards that Pulitzer Prize winner David Ashenfelter said are “worth their weight in gold.”

Read the full article.

FamilySearch Adds Over 2.7 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Brazil, Colombia, England, Portugal, & the USA

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The following was information received from FamilySearch:

FamilySearch has added more than 2.7 million indexed records and images to collections from Brazil, Colombia, England, Portugal, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,061,590 indexed records and images from the U.S., Vermont, Vital Records, 1760-1954, collection; the 322,922 images from the Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2012, collection; and the 592,385 images from the new U.S., Ohio, Hamilton County Records, 1791-1994, collection . See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at 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

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1977 – 14,801 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2012 – 0 – 322,922 – Added images to an existing collection.

England, Bristol Parish Registers, 1538-1900 – 25,351 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records, 1537-1911 – 0 – 141,541 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835-1979 – 69,297 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Massachusetts, Deaths, 1841-1915 – 0 – 11,450 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1627-2001 – 0 – 468,272 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Michigan, Deaths, 1867-1897 – 0 – 235 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Ohio, Hamilton County Records, 1791-1994 – 0 – 592,385 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Vermont, Vital Records, 1760-1954 – 459,155 – 602,435 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

FamilySearch Adds Over 145 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from BillionGraves, England, Russia, & the USA

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FamilySearch has added more than 145 million indexed records and images to collections from BillionGraves, England, Russia, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 65,593,352 indexed records from the new England and Wales, Birth Index, 1800–1920, collection, the 35,117,915 indexed records from the new England and Wales, Marriage Index, 1800–1920, collection, and the 40,618,506 indexed records from the new England and Wales, Death Index 1800–1920, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at 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

BillionGraves Index – 292,519 – 292,519 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

England and Wales, Birth Index, 1800-1920 – 65,593,352 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

England and Wales, Death Index 1800-1920 – 40,618,506 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

England and Wales, Marriage Index, 1800-1920 – 35,117,915 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

Russia, Tatarstan Church Books, 1721-1939 – 0 – 333,592 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Michigan, Eastern District, Naturalization Index, 1907-1995 – 0 – 577,690 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Montana Naturalization Records, 1868-1999 – 0 – 52,264 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Montana, Teton County Records, 1881-2012 – 0 – 98,268 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., New England, Seamen’s Identification Cards, 1918-1940 – 0 – 104,825 – New browsable image collection.

United States, Passport Applications, 1795-1925 – 0 – 90,827 – New browsable image collection.

United States Revolutionary War, Virginia Pension Application Files, 1830-1875 – 0 – 220,787 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Wisconsin, Milwaukee Petitions to Naturalization, 1848-1991 – 0 – 78,845 – New browsable image collection.

Looking for a Detroit Area Obit?

I just happened across an article posted by the Detroit Free Press that details the Birth & Death Notices and Obits that they publish. The article also goes into detail about where one might find additional obits and such for the area. See:http://www.freep.com/article/99999999/MISC/399990030/About-obituaries-death-notices-birth-announcements-

FamilySearch Adds to Collections for BillionGraves, Canada, Italy, Peru, Sweden, and the USA

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FamilySearch has added more than 9.4 million index records and images this week from BillionGraves, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Italy, Peru, Sweden, the United States, and Venezuela. Notable collection updates include the 3,368,091 index records and images from the U.S., Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952, collection, the 2,187,206 images from the new U.S., New York, Southern District, U.S District Court Naturalization Records, 1824-1946 , collection, and the 848,610 index records and images from the BillionGraves Index. 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

BillionGraves Index – 424,305 – 424,305 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900 – 0 – 461,837 – Added images to an existing collection.
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2012 – 0 – 27,561 – Added images to an existing collection.
Czech Republic, Censuses, 1843-1921 – 0 – 32,149 – Added images to an existing collection.
Czech Republic, Land Records, 1450-1889 – 0 – 96,273 – Added images to an existing collection.
Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010 – 0 – 30,292 – Added images to an existing collection.
Honduras, Catholic Church Records, 1633-1978 – 330,586 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
Italy, Cuneo, Saluzzo, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1942 – 0 – 156,506 – Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Macerata, Macerata, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929 – 0 – 102,509 – Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Napoli, Pomigliano d’Arco, Military Conscriptions (Comune), 1898-1929 – 0 – 40,753 – New browsable image collection.
Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1890-2005 – 0 – 30,143 – Added images to an existing collection.
Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903-1998 – 0 – 32,450 – Added images to an existing collection.
Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890-2005 – 0 – 18,129 – Added images to an existing collection.
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 – 7,586 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1629-1999 – 0 – 35,714 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 – 1,681,256 – 1,686,835 – New indexed records and image collection.
U.S., New York, Southern District, U.S District Court Naturalization Records, 1824-1946 – 0 – 2,187,206 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Pennsylvania, Eastern District Naturalization Indexes, 1795-1952 – 231,641 – 5,154 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
U.S., Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger List Index Cards, 1883-1948 – 1,153,207 – 18,880 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
U.S., Texas, Eagle Pass Arrival Manifests and Indexes, 1905-1954 – 122,918 – 28,638 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Washington, County Land Records, 1850-1954 – 0 – 88,546 – Added images to an existing collection.
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2012 – 0 – 12,624 – Added images to an existing collection.

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.

Hope Church of Holland, Michigan Publishes Sesquicentennial History Book

The following excerpt is from the November 16, 2012 edition of the Holland Sentinel:

Holland [MI]: As a part of Hope Church’s year of celebration for its sesquicentennial year, a comprehensive history of the congregation’s first 150 years has been published. For more than two years, Hope Church elder Judy Parr has researched and written that history.

“As I worked at the Theil Research Center, where much of the historical material was readily at hand, I discovered as I read the minutes of consistory, stories in the Holland Daily News, diaries, and letters, that people from history seemed to come back to life. ‘Tell my story,’ they pleaded.” Parr did.

Her book of more than 500 pages provides details not only of the history of the ministers and buildings, but also how Hope Church responded to revivalism, the Freemasonry controversy, the Temperance movement, World War I, Women’s Suffrage, World War II, and community needs. There are stories about the Holland fire of 1871, children’s Christmas programs from the 19th century, and the Rev. J. T. Bergen’s work in evangelism which led to the conversion of Apache Chief Geronimo. Among the appendices are a selection of recipes from various cookbooks published by Hope Church women’s groups and a story about a dog’s visit to a worship service.

Hope Church, Holland, Michigan: The First 150 Years 1862-2012,” published by Dickinson Press Inc., Grand Rapids; $15. The book is available at the Hope Church office, Western Seminary Bookstore and Reader’s World.

Read the full article.

A Visit to the “New” Archives of Michigan

The following excerpt is from a “Family Tree Talk” article, written by Jim Moses and published in the November 11, 2012 edition of the Sentinal-Standard:

LANSING, Mich. — A group of us from the Ionia County Genealogical Society, headed by President Pam Swiler, met at the Library of Michigan a few days ago for a tour of the “new” Archives of Michigan.

We met near the library cafeteria and Kris Rzepczynski, Senior Archivist, took us up to the second floor, where we were met by Jessica Miller.

Due to the reorganization of certain departments in our state government the archives has taken on a slightly different role from what was done there before. In the past, the Archives held millions of important documents for Michigan, which they still do. Now, however, they have also been given much of the genealogy material that we used to have in the genealogy section of the library.

Kris and Jessica took us around, showing some of the collection. We were even allowed to enter one of the vaults where records are stored. It was an amazing site, looking at the floor-to-ceiling shelves crammed with boxes and books in a large room. If you watch “Cold Case” on television you can see something similar.

Read the full article.

Ancestry.com Adds Indexes to 15 More States for the 1940 Census


Ancestry.com announced that this morning at 10 AM MST they added 15 more searchable indexed states to the 1940 US Census database. They also say that they are now very well ahead of schedule from their initial completion predictions. and to look for more states coming soon.

  • California
  • Washington
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska
  • Oregon
  • Alabama
  • Indiana
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Arizona
  • New Hampshire
  • Michigan
  • Wisconsin
  • Montana
  • Hawaii

The addition of these 15 states means that Ancestry.com now has 25 states and the District of Columbia indexed and searchable.

76M New US Historic Records & Millions more for Brazil, China, Ireland, Italy, Russia, & Spain Added at FamilySearch.org

The following information is from FamilySearch.org:


76 million much-anticipated state census, naturalization, immigration, and vital records were added this week for 22 states, including Ohio, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Since partnering with the National Archives of Italy to digitally preserve and index its civil registration, more than 24 million images have been published and 4 million names have been made searchable on FamilySearch.org. Millions more free records were published this week for Armenia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, and Switzerland. Search these diverse collections and 2.8 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.

Foreign Country Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Armenia, Church Books, 1838-1929 – 0 – 23,781 – New browsable image collection.
Brazil, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965 – 336,090 – 597,070 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1890-1980 – 0 – 175,292 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Canada, British Columbia, Wills, 1861-1981 – 0 – 127,172 – New browsable image collection.
Canada, Saskatchewan, Probate Estate Files, 1887-1931 – 0 – 312,198 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Chile, Santiago, Cementerio General, 1821-2011 – 0 – 114,525 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
China, Collection of Genealogies, 1500-1980 – 0 – 1,360,481 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2010 – 0 – 668,102 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Censuses, 1843-1921 – 0 – 31,176 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1948 – 0 – 1,122,697 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Estonia, Population Registers, 1918-1944 – 0 – 37,107 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Germany, Bavaria, Traunstein, Family Group Sheets, 1830-1918 – 0 – 61,932 – New browsable image collection.
Hungary, Civil Registration, 1895-1980 – 0 – 15,844 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
India, Punjab, Moga Land Ownership Pedigrees, 1887-1958 – 0 – 1,605 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Ireland, Prison Registers, 1790-1924 – 3,127,594 – 133,011 – New affiliate indexed records and browsable images.
Italy, Catania, Catania, Civil Registration (Comune), 1820-1905 – 0 – 21,926 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Catania, Diocesi di Acireale, Catholic Church Records, 1560-1941 – 0 – 59,711 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Toscana, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1808-1923 – 0 – 3,171,819 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Japan, Village Records, 709-1934 – 0 – 57,591 – New browsable image collection.
Netherlands, Limburg Province, Certificates of Nationality, 1860-1913 – 0 – 68,237 – New browsable image collection.
New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists, 1855-1973 – 366,063 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1995 – 0 – 27,329 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Peru, Cajamarca, Civil Registration, 1938-1996 – 0 – 30,866 – New browsable image collection.
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 – 0 – 105,277 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 – 0 – 306,181 – New browsable image collection.
Peru, Lambayeque, Civil Registration, 1873-1998 – 0 – 583,011 – New browsable image collection.
Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 – 0 – 54,834 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books, 1600-1950 – 0 – 36,579 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Coimbra, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911 – 0 – 351,853 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Viseu, Catholic Church Records, 1523-1989 – 0 – 91,319 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Russia, Samara Church Books, 1869-1917 – 138,277 – 1,851,515 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection
Slovakia, Census, 1869 – 0 – 278,392 – New browsable image collection.
Spain, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records, 1504-1979 – 566,136 – 23 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.
Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1583-1902 – 0 – 84,297 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Switzerland, Bern, Civil Registration, 1792-1876 – 0 – 4,900 – New browsable image collection.

United States Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

United States Census, 1940 (Alabama, California, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Washington) – 20,975,134 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
United States, Alabama, County Probate Records, 1830-1976 – 0 – 611,330 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Arkansas, Second Registration Draft Cards, 1948-1959 – 61,237 – 11 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists, 1820-1948 – 0 – 119,418 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1629-1983 – 0 – 74,753 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Michigan, Probate Records, 1797-1973 – 0 – 1,261,323 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Montana, Yellowstone County Records, 1881-2012 – 0 – 37,097 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Nevada, County Marriages, 1862-1993 – 0 – 123,409 – New browsable image collection.
United States, New Jersey, State Census, 1905 – 2,146,861 – 0 – New Indexed collection.
United States, New York State Census, 1915 – 9,742,867 – 117,082 – New affiliate indexed records and affiliate image links.
United States, New York State Census, 1925 – 11,117,922 – 130,042 – New affiliate indexed records and affiliate image links.
United States, New York, County Naturalization Records, 1791-1980 – 0 – 2,129,659 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971 – 0 – 3,800,317 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Ohio, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1977 – 0 – 1,097,134 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950 – 342,186 – 256,680 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Births, 1860-1906 – 1,022,168 – 140,547 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994 – 0 – 3,197,552 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Texas, Divorce Index, 1968-2010 – 3,599,300 – 0 – New Indexed collection.
United States, Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010 – 7,606,159 – 0 – New Indexed collection.
United States, Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005 – 0 – 927,764 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008 – 0 – 32,775 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 – 2,943,096 – 0 – New Indexed collection.
United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 – 1,844,985 – 500,007 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.

New & Updated USA & Canada Vital Records Databases at FamilySearch.org

The following U.S.A. and Canada vital-records oriented databases have been recently added or updated at FamilySearch.org.

We’ve also updated all of the GenealogyBlog Online Database Links Files.
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THE FOLLOWING DATABASES WERE POSTED OR UPDATED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG SINCE 24 JUNE 2012:

NEW DatabaseAlabama, County Probate Records, 1830-1976Imaged Records – Collection of probate records, including case files and other documents created by the probate courts of various Alabama counties. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. This collection covers probate records created 1800-1930, but the content and time period of the records will vary by county. Files from Madison and Talladega counties have not been indexed, but are arranged in alphabetical order by the deceased’s name. Additional records may be added to this collection – 25,297 Records – 1,950,136 images as of 26 June 2012.

NEW DatabaseMichigan, Probate Records, 1797-1973Imaged Records – Probate records from county courthouses in Michigan. Most of the collection contains estate files. The content and time period varies by county. Some of the records date before 1837 when Michigan became a state – 1,261,323 images as of 28 June 2012.

Updated BrowseTexas Death, 1890-1976 (New Images)Imaged Records – Images of Texas statewide death certificates, including delayed certificates and probate obituaries, from the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin – Digital images of originals housed at the State Registrar Office in Austin, Texas – 4,476,649 images as of 28 June 2012. This database includes an updated browse that makes it much easier to find records – which are broken down by Record Type (Death Certificates, Foreign Deaths, and Probate obitiuaries) year range, then certificate by month and county.

NEW DatabasePennsylvania, Probate Records 1683-1994 Imaged Records – This collection includes probate records created in Pennsylvania counties. The records include wills, estate records and indexes -The records are broken down by county, and then by record type. Although not indexed by record, the collection includes the images of many indexes. 3,197,552 images as of 27 June 2012.

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915Browsable Imaged Records & Searchable Records – This collection has several types of records: 1) Death certificate 2) Death register 3) Return of Death with a hospital certificate, physician’s certificate, and an undertaker’s certificate, and 4) Transit Permit with the permit to move a body and an undertaker’s certificate concerning the move. The records give the name of the deceased plus the date and place of death and/or burial. The records may also give the date and place of birth, names of parents and spouse, cause of death, and other information. – 2,442,468 records and 3,370,070 images as of 28 June 2012 – up 1,510,210 images since 22 March 2012.

United States Social Security Death Index – Name index to deaths recorded by the Social Security Administration beginning in 1962. Current as of May 31, 2012 – 91,621,466 records as of 2 July 2012.

New DATABASENova Scotia Vital Records 1763-1957 – Index created by the Nova Scotia Archives. Contains registered births 1864-1877 with some birth entries as early as 1810, delayed births 1836-1907, marriages 1763-1932, and deaths 1864-1877, 1908-1957 – 805,577 Records as of July 3, 2012.

Library of Michigan’s Family Heritage Collection Finds a New Home

The follow press release was issued by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 11, 2012

Contact: Mark Harvey (Archives of Michigan), 517-373-1415 or Don Todaro (Library of Michigan), 517-373-2583

Archives of Michigan welcomes family heritage collection from Library of Michigan

The Michigan Department of Education and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources have agreed to move selected Family Heritage Collections currently housed in the Library of Michigan to the reading room of the Archives of Michigan.

The move will continue the state’s stewardship of the collection and better align the resources of both organizations. The collection will remain in the Michigan Library and Historical Center, where it can be easily used with related research materials held by both organizations. The move will take place this summer with a rededication planned during the Abrams Genealogy Seminar on July 13, 2012.

“The collection will increase the public services provided by the Archives of Michigan,” said State Archivist Mark Harvey. “We are pleased to join it with archival documents that are used by family heritage researchers and committed to continuing to build it with the help of the genealogical community. Over time, the Archives plans to expand its hours and online services.”

The move completes the realignment of Library of Michigan services necessitated by budget and staffing reductions to focus on reference research services to employees of all branches of state government; services to libraries of all types statewide; and the collection, preservation and maintenance of access to the published record of the state of Michigan and its peoples.

State Librarian Nancy Robertson noted, “The library’s Michigan materials will remain available to all interested in using them. Both library and archives materials will continue to be available to researchers through a common catalogue.”

Cynthia Grostick, president of the Michigan Genealogical Council, the umbrella organization for state genealogical societies, praised the project: “The family heritage collection assembled by the Library of Michigan with the support of the genealogical community, particularly the Abrams Foundation, is a Michigan treasure. We are happy that it will stay in the Michigan Library and Historical Center, where genealogists can continue to help build it and use it, along with the other valued materials held by the Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan.”

The move will be accomplished using shelving and equipment no longer used by the library as well as funds raised for the project by the Michigan Genealogical Council and the Michigan History Foundation. The archives and library will seek to accomplish the work with as little disruption to researchers as possible. Details will be posted at www.michigan.gov/statearchives and www.michigan.gov/libraryofmichigan.

Among the organizations housed at the Michigan Library and Historical Center, 702 W. Kalamazoo, Lansing, Mich., are the Library of Michigan and the Michigan Historical Center, which includes the Archives of Michigan and the Michigan Historical Museum. Please check the above websites for hours. For online research assistance, please visit the archives site www.seekingmichigan.org and the Michigan e-Library www.mel.org.