How Disney World Came to Be – in 38 Black & White Photos

Disneys comes to Florida

Disney World is a vacation spot that families have enjoyed since 1971. I first visited the park in 1975 while working for Green Thumb Products Corporation of Apopka, Florida. The company put up all the terminal managers from around the United States at the Contemporary Hotel (then the only hotel in the park) for a manager’s conference and pep-talk to those of us working for the struggling tropical plant company.

I just happened to run across a series of historic photos held by the State Archives in Florida that give some insights into the initial purchase and development of the 43 square miles that became Disney World. It’s too bad that Roy never got to see his dream developed. I think he would be mighty proud…

Check out the photos at wesh.com.

Pictoral History Book Proposed for Belleview, Florida

The following is excerpt is from an article posted in the May 22, 2014 edition of Ocala.com:

The history of Belleview might be able to fit neatly on a bookshelf in the near future.

At the beginning of Tuesday night’s Belleview City Commission meeting, Tom Dann, president of the Friends of the Belleview Public Library group, told commissioners he had been approached by Arcadia Publishing about producing a book for the company’s Images of America series.

“They’d like to do one for Belleview,” Dann said.

Dann said the best history of the city he has been able to find is contained in a 1997 report the city commissioned when discussing the possibility of creating a historic district.

Read the full article.

Gainesville, Florida Cemetery an Historical Landmark

The following excerpt is from an article by Lawrence Chan, published in the April 18, 2014 edition of wuft.org:

This state historical marker tells what notable people are buried in the Evergreen Cemetery. The site holds about 10,000 graves. Lawrence Chan / WUFT
This state historical marker tells what notable people are buried in the Evergreen Cemetery. The site holds about 10,000 graves. Lawrence Chan / WUFT

It started with a baby and a cedar tree.

In 1856, James Tilatha Thomas, a cotton farmer and landowner, buried his 10-day-old daughter beneath a cedar tree.

Eight months later, his wife Elizabeth Jane Hall Thomas passed away. He buried her on the land, too. It’d be 21 years before Thomas would rejoin his family.

Thomas’ small family graveyard expanded into the Evergreen Cemetery, which was honored April 12 with a Florida Historical Marker. This will preserve the Gainesville cemetery’s condition as a cultural and historical landmark.

The marker is inscribed with the cemetery’s early history and the names of notable historical figures found there.

Read the full article.

View the findagrave website page for the Evergreen Cemetery in Gainesville, Florida. 8,823 interments are listed.

Florida Name Lists 1759-2009, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

fr0227It has been awhile since I have reviewed one of  William Dollarhide’s name lists books. However, with the recent release of a number of additional volumes it is time to look again at these great books. There are now 14 volumes in the series. In this review we detail the contents of Florida Name Lists 1759-2009, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present. Currently, there are nine new names lists books, and we are providing details on each.

In this book, names lists are detailed in the following database categories:

  • State Census Records
  • State and County Court Records
  • Directories
  • State Militia Lists
  • State Veterans & Pensioners Lists
  • Tax Lists
  • Vital Records
  • Voter Lists

Here are some interesting notes taken from the databases descriptions in the book:

– Town, City, or County Directories date back to the early 1800s

– “Unlike tax lists, voter lists were almost exclusively for males over 21 years of age, until the advent of Women’s Suffrage”

The contents of the District of Columbia section of the guide include:

  • 1920 Map of Florida
  • Florida Name Lists, 1759-2009
  • Historical Timeline for Florida, 1513-1971
  • Map: 1810 West Florida Annexation
  • Introduction to Florida’s Colonial, Territorial & Statewide Name Lists
  • Florida Memory
  • Genealogical Collection at the State Archives of Florida
  • Bibliography of Florida Name Lists, 1759-2009

Not only does this volume give a detailed bibliography of Name Lists available for the state, but links to websites, FHL book & microfilm numbers, archive references, maps, and key historical information make this volume invaluable to the researcher looking to extend their lines and fill in the family tree.

National Names Lists information included with every volume:

The National Names Lists have these categories (244 entries in all):

  • Federal Census Records
  • Immigration Lists
  • U.S. Military Lists
  • U.S. Veterans Records
  • U.S. Pension Records
  • National Vital Record

There are also a number of maps, including:

  • 1899 Alaska & Klondike Region
  • 1880-1940 Alaska Census Jurisdictions
  • 1763 British North America
  • 1784-1802 Western Land Cessions
  • 1790 United States
  • 1800 United States
  • 1810 United States
  • 1820 United States
  • 1830 United States
  • 1840 United States
  • 1850 United States
  • 1860 United States
  • 1870-1880 United States
  • 1890-1940 United States

All books currently come with a FREE download of the full-color pdf eBook. Upon placing your order, you will be able to download the FREE PDF eBook directly from the FRPC screen. You will also be sent an email from where you can click on the link and download the item. You can only download the PDF eBook once, so if you make your order from a computer other than your own, you might want to wait until you get to your computer and do the actual download from the email. Your book itself will be mailed by USPS media mail, and can be expected to arrive within 7 to 10 days within the United States.

Order your copy of District of Columbia Name Lists 1609-1992, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present from Family Roots Publishing.

An Historical Timeline for Florida, 1513 – 1971

Florida Name Lists

The following article was written by my friend, William Dollarhide, and is excerpted from his new book, Florida Name Lists, 1759 – 2009.

For genealogical research in Florida, the following timeline of events should help any genealogist understand the area with an historical and genealogical point of view:

1513. Spaniard Juan Ponce de Leon explored and named Florida (Pascua La Florida, after the Feast of Flowers).
The fountain of youth he was looking for did not happen until Disney World arrived 458 years later.

1539. Spaniard Hernando DeSoto, on a quest to find gold and a route to China, landed on Florida’s West Coast, somewhere between present Cape Coral and Bradenton, traveled on land towards Tampa Bay and then further north to present-day Tallahassee. Looking for gold, he left La Florida disappointed, but he became the first European to travel on land into present Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas.

1565. The first colony at St. Augustine Bay was founded by the Spanish. Although the fort was sacked, burned, pillaged, and generally not treated very well by the French or English, St. Augustine survived and is now acknowledged as the first permanent settlement in North America by Europeans.

1586. British seafarer, Sir Francis Drake, raided and burned St. Augustine, but the fort was rebuilt again by the Spanish soon after, along with several more missions in Florida over the next century.

1682. French explorer René-Robert Cavelier (Sieur de la Salle) erected a cross near the confluence of the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico, after floating down rivers from the Great Lakes. He claimed the entire Mississippi basin for Louis XIV of France, for whom Louisiana was named. The French believed that Louisiana included the present areas of Biloxi, Mobile, and Pensacola.

1698. Pensacola was founded by the Spanish, as the Presidio Santa Maria de Galve.

1719. The French captured Pensacola and about the same time occupied all of the gulf ports to New Orleans, but as a result of an alliance with Spain against England, the French soon returned Pensacola to Spain.

1754. The Spanish built the Presidio San Miguel de Panzacola, within what is now downtown Pensacola’s historical district.

1763 Treaty of Paris. Until this year, many cross-claims to territory in North America existed between the French, English and Spanish, and it took a war to settle the issue of land ownership. In Europe and Canada it was called the Seven Years War, but in colonial America it was called the French and Indian War. At the 1763 Treaty of Paris ending the war, France was divested of all of its large North American claims, except the town of New Orleans and some fishing rights near Newfoundland. The British gained undisputed title to Nova Scotia, Quebec, their thirteen Atlantic colonies from present Maine to Georgia, and all other lands east of the Mississippi River. Spanish lands were recognized as those west of the Mississippi. Also part of the 1763 treaty, the Spanish ransomed Florida to the British in exchange for Cuba. The British immediately divided the area into West Florida with a capital at Pensacola, and East Florida, with a capital at St. Augustine. The dividing line was the Apalachicola – Chattahoochee Rivers.

1780-1783. During the Revolutionary War, the British hold on East and West Florida came to an end. With the Spanish as allies of the French, the British lost West Florida to Spanish forces, who captured Mobile in 1780 and Pensacola in 1781. The British then returned East Florida to Spain in 1783, causing many American loyalists who had fled the Revolutionary War to St. Augustine to flee again, this time heading for the Bahamas or West Indies.

1783. The treaty of Paris of 1783 first recognized the United States as an independent nation. Its borders were described generally from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River, and from present Maine to Georgia. Spain continued to possess East and West Florida after the 1783 Treaty of Paris. However, Spain and the U.S. both claimed the area between Latitude 31o and Latitude 32o 30’ of present-day Mississippi and Alabama. This disputed area was left out of the U.S. in the Treaty of 1783, and remained in dispute with Spain until 1796.

1790 Federal Census. The present-day area of Alabama and Mississippi was part of Georgia, part of the disputed area, and part of Spanish West Florida at the time of the 1790 federal census. Although there were American settlements around Mobile and Natchez, no census was taken there.

1796-1798. In the 1796 Treaty of San Lorenzo (also called Pinckney’s Treaty), the U.S. resolved the Spanish-U.S. disputed area by purchasing the area from Spain. The lands above West Florida (Latitude 31o up to 32o 30’) became U.S. territory. The purchase did not include East Florida or West Florida. In 1798, Congress created Mississippi Territory in the purchased area.

1802. In Europe, Napoleon defeated the Spanish in battle and as spoils of war, gained title to Louisiana again after trading them a couple of duchies in Europe. However, Napoleon found that his troops in the Caribbean were under siege and unable to provide much help in establishing a French government in Louisiana. A few months later, when a couple of American emissaries showed up in Paris trying to buy New Orleans from Napoleon, he decided to unload the entire tract to the Americans.

1803. Surprised and delighted that Napoleon was willing to sell the entire tract called Louisiana, President Thomas Jefferson urged Congress to vote in favor, and the U.S. purchased the huge tract from France, doubling the size of the United States. The purchase of Louisiana immediately created a dispute about ownership of lands east of the Mississippi River, since the legal description of the Louisiana Purchase was the “drainage of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.” The Spanish did not agree that it included lands east of the Mississippi and maintained their claim to West Florida.

1810. In September 1810, a group of rebel Americans overcame the Spanish garrison at Baton Rouge, and unfurled the new flag of the Republic of West Florida. In October 1810, in a proclamation by President James Madison, the U.S. arbitrarily annexed Spain’s West Florida from the Mississippi River to the Perdido River. The area included Baton Rouge, Biloxi, and Mobile, but was not organized, and was not included in the 1810 census.
Spain did not recognize the annexation, and continued their claim to West Florida in dispute with the U.S.

1812. Congress added to Mississippi Territory the portion of the West Florida annexation from the Perdido River to the Pearl River, an area which included Mobile and Biloxi; and the portion from the Pearl River to the Mississippi River was added to Orleans Territory (an area that included Baton Rouge). Soon after, Orleans Territory became the State of Louisiana.

1819-1821 Adams-Onis Treaty. After years of refusing to negotiate with the U.S. over the ownership of Florida, Spain finally relented with the 1819 Adams-Onis treaty, also called the Purchase of Florida. Spain’s problems with colonial rebellions in Central and South America saw a change in their attitudes. By 1818, Spain had effectively abandoned Florida and was unwilling to support any more colonists or garrisons. The treaty involved Spain’s cession of Florida to the U.S. in exchange for the U.S. paying any legal claims of American citizens against Spain, up to 5 million dollars. But, the treaty also set the boundary between the U.S. and New Spain (now Mexico), from Louisiana to the Oregon Country. The treaty finally confirmed the Sabine River border with Spanish Texas; and recognized (for the first time), the American claim to the Oregon Country. The treaty was named after John Quincy Adams, U.S. Secretary of State, and Luis de Onis, the Spanish Foreign Minister, the parties who signed the treaty at Washington on February 22, 1819. Although Baton Rouge, Biloxi, and Mobile were annexed to the U.S. in 1810, then organized in 1812; they did not become U.S. territory free of dispute until the Adams-Onis Treaty was ratified by Congress in 1821.

1820-1822. At the time of the 1820 federal census, Florida was left out of the enumeration since the Purchase of Florida was not ratified by Congress until 1821. And, in 1822, Florida Territory was created by Congress, with bounds the same as the present state. The two main population centers in Florida in 1822 were Pensacola and St. Augustine, both wanting to be the new territorial capital. But, the travel time between the two cities was measured in weeks. It was decided to find a point about half-way between the two cities to locate the new territorial capital. Tallahassee was selected, at the time, an abandoned Indian village.

1845. March 3. Florida entered the Union as the 27th state.

1971. October 1. The Walt Disney World Resort opened with the first of four theme parks, called the Magic Kingdom, located dead center in an area the Spanish called Los Mosquitoes, from which Florida Territory named one of its earliest counties in 1824. Mosquito did not get renamed Orange County until 1845. It is quite possible that mosquitoes outnumbered oranges (about 10,000 to 1) in Orange County until the development of DDT during World War II.

  • Check out the Florida Name Lists Book

  • All 14 Dollarhide Name List books – Print & PDF eBooks Are On Sale for 20% Off – Sale extended through January 6

    Florida Name Lists

    FRPC has extended the sale of all 14 of the new Dollarhide Name Lists books, which are on sale for 20% off thorugh January 6. The sale includes both the printed volumes, as well as the PDF eBooks. Normally $18.95, the printed volumes are just $15.16, and include a FREE immediately downloadable PDF eBook of the same. The PDF eBooks alone normally sell for $12.50 – and are on sale for $10.00 each! All printed books currently come with a FREE download of the PDF eBook. Upon placing your order, you will be able to download the PDF eBook directly from the FRPC screen. You will also be sent an email from where you can click on the link and download the item. You can only download the PDF eBook once, so if you make your order from a computer other than your own, you might want to wait until you get to your computer and do the actual download from the email. Your book itself will be mailed by USPS media mail, and can be expected to arrive within 7 to 14 days within the United States.

    After downloading the eBook, click on “File” in the Adobe Acrobat menu bar at the top of the screen, then click on “Save As,” and save to a location on your hard drive or other storage device.

    The sale ends at midnight EST (not MST) January 6, 2014.

    Books are now available for the states of Alabama through Illinois.

    William Dollarhide is best known as the co-author and cartographer of Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, a book of 393 census year maps, and one of the bestselling titles ever published in the field of genealogy. Mr. Dollarhide currently lives in Utah. He has written numerous guidebooks related to genealogical research.

    With this series of genealogical guides, William Dollarhide continues his long tradition of writing books that family historians find useful in their day-to-day United States research. Bill’s Name List guides give a state-by-state listing of what name lists are available, where to find them, and how they can be used to further one’s research.

    Name lists are both censuses and census substitutes, and are key to success in any genealogical endeavor. Name lists, be they national, state, county, or even city or town in scope, can help nail down the precise place where one’s ancestor may have lived. And if that can be done, further records, usually found on a local level, will now be accessible to research. But success depends on knowing where the ancestor resided. This is where Dollarhide’s Name List guides can make the difference.

     Not only do these volumes give a detailed bibliography of Name Lists available for the state, but links to websites, FHL book & microfilm numbers, archive references, maps, and key historical information make this volume invaluable to the researcher looking to extend their lines and fill in the family tree.

    The following Name List Guides, all written by William Dollarhide, may be purchased from Family Roots Publishing Co., the printed volumes, as well as the PDF eBooks alone all at a 20% discount with an immediately available PDF eBook during this sale: 

    FamilySearch Adds Over 10 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from England, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine, & the USA

    The following is from FamilySearch:

    FamilySearch.org
    FamilySearch has recently added more than 10 million indexed records and images from England, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 2,829,077 indexed records from the U.S., Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1891-1943, collection, the 1,452,770 indexed records from the Mexico, Distrito Federal, Civil Registration, 1832-2005, collection, and the 572,243 indexed records from the Hungary Catholic Church Records, 1636-1895, 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

    England, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers, 1603-1910 – 35,896 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    Germany, Prussia, Brandenburg, Eberswalde, City Directories, 1890-1919 – 0 – 2,836 – New browsable image collection.

    Hungary Catholic Church Records, 1636-1895 – 572,243 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    Mexico, Distrito Federal, Civil Registration, 1832-2005 – 1,452,770 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    Netherlands, Limburg Province, Church Records, 1542-1910 – 0 – 131,396 – New browsable image collection.

    Russia, Samara Church Books, 1869-1917 – 88,149 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1840-1845 – 129,110 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    U.S., Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993 – 1,012,025 – 720,622 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

    U.S., Iowa, State Census, 1905 – 1,445,414 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

    U.S., Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1891-1943 – 2,829,077 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    U.S., Massachusetts, State Vital Records, 1841-1920 – 755,766 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    U.S., Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945 – 874,690 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    Review of the Florida State Census, 1867-1945, Found at Ancestry.com

    Ancestry.com recently posted a number of indexed and imaged Florida censuses. The database is called Florida, State Census, 1867-1945. It’s a large database, containing 4,131,298 records, most of those records being the 1935 and 1945 censuses. Although the 1885, 1935, and 1945 censuses are found at FamilySearch, the 1867 and 1875 data in digitized form seems to currently be unique to Ancestry.com.
    Henry-Meitzler 1945 Florida Census
    According to the website, the database contains the following state censuses:

    • 1867 – Hernando, Madison, Orange, and Santa Rosa counties only
    • 1875 – Alachua county only
    • 1885 – all counties that existed at the time except for Alachua, Clay, Columbia, and Nassau. This census was partially funded by the Federal government, who supplied the forms.
    • 1935 – all counties
    • 1945 – all counties

    In searching for the surname, Meitzler, I found 4 – all in the 1945 census. Doing a search at FamilySearch.com, I got the same results. I took a close look at the information on Henry W. Meitzler in 1945. According to the census card, he was 65 years old, born in Massachusetts, livng in Precinct 4, St. Cloud, Osceola, County, Florida, was retired and had an 8th grade education.

    See the Ancestry.com website for this database. Note – to see they actual images at Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com members can click through directly to the database with this link. Non-members will be redirected with the opportunity to join Ancestry.com for a Free Trial period, or a full subscription. I am pleased to say that I have an Ancestry.com affiliate relationship, and plan to keep it that way for a long time. The FamilySearch databases are free and anyone can access them.

    St. Augustine, Florida Parish Register Documents from As Early as 1594 Digitized


    A group of graduate students at the University of South Florida have spent the last several months digitizing over 6000 pages of very early parish registers from St. Augustine, Florida. They date to as early as 1594 and run through the mid-1700s! Births, marriages, and deaths of some of the earliest Europeans to live in America are recorded in these documents.

    Read the AP article by Tamara Lush titled “Work underway in St. Augustine to digitize 1500s records” in the March 27, 2013 edition of The St. Augustine Record for more information.

    Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

    FamilySearch Adds New Collection for Ohio County Births from 1841-2003

    The following is from FamilySearch.org:

    FamilySearch added an additional 2 million new, free indexed records and images this week to its collection. Notable additions include the 995,820 indexed records and images in the new Ohio County Births from 1841-2003 collection, and the 363,235 indexed records for the United States Index to General Correspondence of the Pension Office from 1889-1904. Another new searchable record was also added this week for Ohio, Scioto County Probate Records from 1885-1887. 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

    Czech Republic, Censuses, 1843-1921– 0 – 56,366 – Added images to an existing collection.
    Czech Republic, Land Records, 1450-1889 – 0 – 69,835 – Added images to an existing collection.
    Germany, Westfalen, Minden Citizen Lists, 1574-1902 – 7,873 – 6,349 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
    Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1995 – 0 – 37,133 – Added images to an existing collection.
    Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 – 0 – 39,568 – Added images to an existing collection.
    Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890-2005 – 0 – 30,019 – Added images to an existing collection.
    Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 – 0 – 279,836 – Added images to an existing collection.
    U.S., California, Probate Estate Files, 1833-1991 – 0 – 3,228 – Added images to an existing collection.
    U.S., Florida, Key West Passenger Lists, 1898-1920 – 0 – 53,496 – Added images to an existing collection.
    U.S., Louisiana, First Registration Draft Cards, 1940-1945 – 0 – 999 – Added images to an existing collection.
    U.S., Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003 – 51,675 – 944,145 – New indexed records and images collection.
    U.S., Ohio, Scioto County Probate Records, 1885-1887 – 0 – 326 – New browsable image collection.
    U.S., Ohio, Stark County Probate Records, 1886-1921 – 0 – 634 – Added images to an existing collection.
    U.S., Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945 – 96,769 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
    United States, Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1820-1908 – 0 – 1,365 – Added images to an existing collection.
    United States, Index to General Correspondence of the Pension Office, 1889-1904 – 363,235 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.

    New Searchable Collections Added Online For Brazil, China, England, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Spain, & the USA

    The following was received from FamilySearch December 28, 2012:

    FamilySearch added an additional 38.5 million new, free indexed records and images this week to its collection. Notable additions include the 6,095,759 indexed records in the new United States World War II Army Enlistment Records collection, the 4,068,907 indexed records for the new United States Germans to America Index from 1850-1897, the 2,922,943 added to the England and Wales Census of 1871, and the 2,608,645 added to the Denmark Estate Records collection from 1436-1964. Other new searchable collections online were added this week for Brazil, China, England, Ireland, Italy, Russia, 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

    Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Miscellaneous Records, 1748-1980 – 0 – 133,932 – New browsable image collection.
    China, Collection of Genealogies, 1239-2010 – 0 – 1,078,765 – New browsable image collection.
    Denmark, Estate Records, 1436-1964 – 0 – 2,608,645 – Added images to an existing collection.
    England and Wales Census, 1871 – 2,695,024 – 227,919 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
    England, Manchester, Miscellaneous Records, 1700-1916 – 853,243 – 0 – New indexed record collection.
    England, Westminster, Parish Registers, 1538-1912 – 1,276,875 – 43,393 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
    Ireland, Landed Estate Court Files, 1850-1885 – 682,055 – 53,799 – New indexed records and images collection.
    Italy, Catanzaro, Catanzaro, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1910 – 0 – 193,658 – New browsable image collection.
    Italy, Messina, Patti, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1823-1941 – 0 – 143,597 – New browsable image collection.
    Italy, Pesaro e Urbino, Urbino, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1910 – 0 – 323,971 – New browsable image collection.
    Italy, Potenza, Potenza, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1910 – 0 – 298,330 – Added images to an existing collection.
    Italy, Siena, Montepulciano, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929 – 0 – 181,893 – Added images to an existing collection.
    Russia, Simbirsk Church Books, 1768-1939 – 0 – 994,870 – New browsable image collection.
    Spain, Diocese of Santander, Catholic Church Records, 1538-1984 – 0 – 757,418 – New browsable image collection.
    Spain, Diocese of Segovia, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1987 – 0 – 8,311,103 – Added images to an existing collection.
    Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784-1931 – 0 – 316,188 – New browsable image collection.
    Ukraine, Western Ukraine Catholic Church Book Duplicates, 1600-1937 – 0 – 264,777 – Added images to an existing collection.
    U.S., California, San Francisco, World War I Enemy Alien Registration Affidavits, 1918 – 6,545 – 33,870 – New indexed records and images collection.
    U.S., California, County Marriages, 1850-1952 – 1,439,474 – 1,962,567 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
    U.S., Florida, Tampa, Passenger Lists, 1898-1945 – 50,103 – 0 – New indexed record collection.
    U.S., New York, New York, Index to Passenger Lists, 1820-1846 – 526,400 – 0 – New indexed record collection.
    United States, Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1820-1908 – 0 – 941,009 – New browsable image collection.
    United States, Famine Irish Passenger Index, 1846-1851 – 604,596 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
    United States, Germans to America Index, 1850-1897 – 4,068,907 – 0 – New indexed record collection.
    United States, Italians to America Index, 1855-1900 – 845,287 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
    United States, Russians to America Index, 1834-1897 – 527,394 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
    United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 – 6,095,759 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

    Pinellas County, Florida Civil/Probate Records Retention Center Opens

    The following excerpt is from an article published in the August 13, 2012 edition of tbnweekly.com:

    CLEARWATER – The Clerk of the Court announced that its records and information management civil/probate records retention center is open to the public as of Monday, August 13.

    The records retention center is a newly-created area located in the Swisher Building, 509 East Ave. S. in Clearwater. The entrance is located off of East Avenue, north of the main building entrance.

    The civil/probate retention center is a full service office, just like the 49th Street record retention facility. Parking is available across the street and in the large overflow lot located south of Turner Street and west of the railroad tracks.

    Read the full article.

    76 New & Updated USA Vital Records, State & School Census, and Tax Record Databases Posted at FamilySearch.org

    The following U.S.A. vital-records oriented databases have been recently added or updated at FamilySearch.org. This blog covers 76 new and updated entries.

    We’ve also updated four of our five of the GenealogyBlog Online Database Links Files.
    See:

    THE FOLLOWING DATABASES WERE POSTED OR UPDATED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG SINCE 22 March 2012:

    Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950 – Name index and images of marriage records created by Alabama counties. Records are arranged by county, volume and date. Currently, the following counties, and others I’m sure, are represented in this collection: Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Bullock, Chilton, Cleburne, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dallas, Jefferson, Madison, and St. Clair. Currently this collection is 38% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. – 566,839 records from 318,228 images as of 8 May 2012 – up 199,105 records since 21 November 2011!

    NEW DATABASE Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Records, 1757-1938Imaged Records – This collection contains images of the probate case files from the Maricopa County Superior Court – 612,719 images as of 30 April 2012.

    Arkansas Births and Christenings, 1880-1893 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Arkansas – 10,642 records as of 25 May 2012 – up 3,817 since 23 September 2011.

    NEW DATABASE California, Birth Index, 1905-1995 – Name index of birth index created by the California Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Section in Sacramento. Index includes name, date of birth, sex, mother’s surname, and county of birth.– 24,596,235 records as of 2 March 2012.

    NEW DATABASE 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. – 1,224,657 images as of 15 June 2012.

    California, San Joaquin, County Public Library Obituary Index, 1850-1991Imaged Records – Index and Images of index cards located at the San Joaquin County Public Library, Stockton, California. Contains clippings from various San Joaquin County and Stockton city newspapers of obituaries – 98,787 records and 167,330 images as of 14 May 2012. The 98,787 name index is NEW, while most of the images have been posted since 10 November 2011.

    California, San Mateo County Records – 1856-1967 – Browsable Imaged Records – County records including marriage license applications 1927-1943; Coroner’s reports 1865-1946; naturalization, deeds, patents, homesteads, and military service discharges – 883,705 images as of 10 February 2012 – up 936,279 images as of 23 February 2012 –up 700,041 images since 23 November 2011.

    NEW DATABASE Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995 – Imaged Records – Images of county marriages from Clear Creek, Fremont, Kit Carson, Logan, Moffat, Phillips, Saguache, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma counties. – 49,690 images as of 15 June 2012.

    NEW DATABASE District of Columbia 1874-1897Imaged Records – Images of birth returns and birth index registers from the Health Department in Washington, D.C. The birth returns name the parents but do not name the child. – 90,550 images as of 25 May 2012.

    Florida Marriages 1830-1993Imaged Records – Name index and images to Florida marriage records. Additional records will be added as indexing is completed – 571,766 records and 489,702 images as of 9 May 2012 – up 366,378 since 10 December 2011!

    Georgia Marriages 1808-1967 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Georgia – 1,157,102 records as of 26 March 2012 – up 4,717 records since 6 May 2010.

    NEW DATABASE Idaho, County Birth and Death Records, 1907-1920 – Browsable Images – County birth and death registers acquired for the following counties: Ada, Bannock, Bingham, Blaine, Bonner, Bonneville, Boundary, Canyon, Cassia, Clearwater, Elmore, Fremont, Kootenai, Latah, Nez Perce, Owyhee, Shoshone, Twin Falls and Washington counties. Coverage varies between counties. – 2,426 images as of 11 June 2012.

    Idaho, Cassia County Records 1879-1960 – Browsable Imaged Records – Marriage, probate, soldier discharge, school census, deeds, patents, homesteads, mining location, coroners, and mothers pension records located at the county courthouse located in Burley. Includes Marriages 1908-1947, Coroner’s Inquests 1918-1922; and Probate Records made up of Estate Files 1919-1990, and Record of Wills 1891-1956. – 328,900 images as of 23 May 2012 – up 124,180 images since 9 February 2012.

    Illinois, Births and Christenings, 1824-1940– Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Illinois. 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 – 507,005 records as of 13 Apr 2012.

    Illinois Probate Records 1819-1970 – Browsable Images Images of will books, administrations, journals, inventories, guardian’s records, and order books from various counties in Illinois. The content and time period will vary by county. Illinois created probate courts in 1819. This is a collection of probate records, which includes will, indexes, and other documents created to track the distribution of estates of deceased individuals who lived in Illinois. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. This collection covers probate records created by Illinois courts, 1819-1970, but the content and time period of the records will vary by county. A few additional county court records are also present. 1,059,034 images as of 22 February 2012 – up 167,657 images since 22 February 2012.

    Indiana Marriages 1811-1959 – Indexed in partnership with the Indiana Genealogical Society. Name index of marriages recorded in the Indiana Territory and in the State of Indiana between 1811 and 1959. This collection includes searchable index data for marriage returns and licenses from the following counties: Adams, Allen, Bartholomew, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Brown, Carroll, Clark, Clay, Daviess, Dearborn, Decatur, De Kalb, Delaware, Dubois, Elkhart, Fayette, Floyd, Fountain, Franklin, Fulton, Gibson, Hamilton, Harrison, Hendricks, Henry, Huntington, Jackson, Jay, Lake, Marshall, Ohio, Owen, Rush, and Sullivan. Microfilm copies of original records are available at the Family History Library and at family history centers. Currently this collection is 55% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. – 1,848,513 records as of 10 June 2012. Up 233,647 records since 10 January 2012.

    Iowa County Births 1880-1935 – Index to the birth records created by the counties of Iowa. When completed it will contain records for all of the 99 counties in the state. This collection is 30% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. 696,160 records as of 26 April 2012 – up 141,618 records since 24 January 2012 – From the Iowa County Clerks. Digital images of originals housed at various county courthouses in the State of Iowa. Birth records. FHL microfilm, 338 reels.

    NEW DATABASE Iowa, Fayette County Probate Records 1851-1927Imaged Records – Fayette County probate case files located at the Fayette County courthouse in West Union. This collection is being published as images become available – 86,849 images as of 31 May 2012.

    NEW DATABASE 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 – 521,900 records as of 16 May 2012.

    Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954Imaged Records – Marriage records created by Kentucky counties. Records include bonds, license, certificates, and returns – 184,092 records and 156,096 images as 0f 26 March 2012.

    Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1629-1983 – Browsable Imaged Records – from court records at the Register of Wills in Maryland. Includes the following counties: Alleghany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Caroline, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington, and Worchester. This collection is being published as images become available – Browse through 1,079,507 948,944 images as of 22 June 2012. Up 130,563 images since as of 22 March 2012.

    Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Massachusetts – 4,696,564 records as of 13 April 2012 – up 850 records since 16 December 2010.

    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 – 725,063 images as of 17 April 2012 – up 369,010 images since 10 February 2012!

    Montana Marriages 1889-1947 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Montana – 20,784 records as of 5 March 2012. Up 45 records from 27 December, 2010.

    NEW DATABASE Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004 – Browsable Images – Images of county birth and death records acquired from county courthouses. The collections consist of registers and certificates from Broadwater, Deer Lodge, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Powell and Silver Bow counties. – 260,134 images of 5 June 1012.

    Montana, Lake County Records 1857-2010Imaged Records – Deeds, school census, mining, vital records – B,M,D, probate, and divorce records located at the county courthouse in Polson. This collection is being published as images become available – 94,699 images as of 8 May 2012.

    Nebraska Marriages 1855-1995 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Nebraska – 142,224 records after 5 March 2012.

    NEW DATABASE Nevada, County Marriages, 1862-1993 – Browsable Images – Images of county marriages from Carson City, Clark, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, Storey, and White Pine counties. Coverage varies between counties. – 123,409 images as of 20 June 2012.

    New Mexico Marriages 1751-1918 – Name index to marriage records from the state of New Mexico – 93,308 records as of 5 March 2012.

    New Jersey Marriages 1678-1985 – Name index to marriage records from the state of New Jersey – 802,437 records as of 5 March 2012.

    New Jersey County Marriages, 1682-1956Imaged Records – Name index of county marriage records for New Jersey. Currently this collection is 100% complete. Due to contract restrictions some images from the following counties may not be available for view: Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Middlesex, Monmouth, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Union, and Warren – 300,071 records and 59,895 images as of 3 April 2012. Up 66,164 records since 10 January 2012.

    NEW DATABASE New Jersey, State Census, 1905 – Name index of the 1905 Census of New Jersey which includes all residents in all counties. – 507,107 records as of 22 June 2012.

    New York Marriages 1686-1980 – Name index to marriage records from the state of New York – 768,885 records as of 5 March 2012. Up 25,901 records from 13 December 2010.

    New York Probate Records, 1629-1971Imaged Records – Images from probate records in various county Surrogate Courts in New York. The content of the probate records and their year range vary by county. Most records end in the 1920s with some indexes continuing to the year 1971. This collection does not include records from metropolitan New York at this time – 5,432,139 images as of 22 June 2012. Up 3,800,317 images from 25 January 2012.

    New York Orange County Probate Records 1787-1938 – Browsable 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 – 682,552 images as of 5 June 2012. Up 220,299 images since 22 February 2012.

    New York Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1921 – Browsable Images – Images of probate records and proceedings from the Queens County Surrogate’s Court in Jamaica, New York. – 954,867 images as of 22 February 2012. Up 160,928 images since 22 February 2012.

    New York State Census 1875Imaged Records – Images of the 1875 New York State Census as of 1 June 1875. The following counties are not included: Chemung, Clinton, Hamilton, New York (Manhattan), Niagara, Putnam, Queens, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Suffolk, Wayne, and Westchester. – From Surrogate Courts from various counties throughout New York State, on 118 rolls of FHL microfilm. – 708,861 records and 94,045 images as of 13 June 2012. Up 328,866 records and 39,022 images since 29 December 2011.

    NEW DATABASE New York State Census, 1915 – Name index and images of the 1915 New York State Census. Index provided by Ancestry.com. – 9,742,867 records as of 24 June 2012.

    NEW DATABASE New York State Census, 1925 – Name index and images of the 1925 New York State Census. Index provided by Ancestry.com. – 11,117,922 records as of 24 June 2012

    North Carolina County Marriages 1762-1979 – Name index and images of marriage records from North Carolina county courthouses. These records include licenses, marriage applications, marriage bonds, marriage certificates, marriage packets and cohabitation registers. Currently, portions of the following counties are represented in this collection: Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Ashe, Beaufort, Bladen, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Camden, Carteret, Caswell, Catabwa, Chatham, Cherokee, Chowan, Cleveland, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Gates, Granville, Halifax, Hanover, Hyde, Johnston, Lincoln, Macon, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Northampton, Pitt, Richmond, Rowan, Surry, and Wilkes. This collection is 35% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed – 649,806 records and 235,497 images as of 23 March 2012 – up 79.174 Records and 13,576 images as of 23 March 2012.

    North Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970 – Browsable Imaged Records – Collection of various county records including, wills, guardianships, estates, voter registration books, coroner’s inquests, etc. It was filmed at the North Carolina Department of Archives and History in Raleigh. The collection includes Ashe County School Censuses 1881-1903; Beaufort County Wills 1808-1968; Columbus County Estate Files 1812-1968; Duplin County Widows year support 1900-1968; Durham County Widow’s Dower & Year’s Support 1881-1944 (indexed in front of book); Gaston County Estates 1839-1971 & Wills 1847-1968 Vol. 38-41; Lincoln County Marriage Records 1892-1916; Mecklenburg County Estate Files 1880-1952; Northampton Coroner’s reports 1793-1905; Northampton County Estate Records 1782-1930; Richmond County Coroner’s inquests 1906-1967; Stanley County Coroner’s inquests 1914-1957; and Wake County Death Certificates 1900-1909 – 496,699 images as of 17 May 2012 – up 109,664 since 7 March 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 – 99, 530 indexed records and 2,443,616 images as of 13 June 2012. Up 41,588 records and 1,072,050 images since 19 February 2012

    Ohio County Births 1856-1909Imaged Records – Name index and images of county birth records in Ohio. The time period and type of record varies by county – 3,051,219 records and 514,834 images as of 8 May 2012 – up 848,900 records and 83,479 records since 4 January 2012!

    Ohio County Marriages, 1789-1994 – Name index and images of county marriage records acquired from local courthouses. Currently this collection is 75% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed – 3,126,256 Records and 1,430,518 images as of 2 April 2012

    NEW DATABASE Ohio, Probate Records, 1790-1967Browsable Images – Probate records and estate files from county courthouses in Ohio. The content and time period varies by county. – 3,796,974 records as of 5 June 2012.

    NEW DATABASE Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004Browsable Images – Obituary file from the Crawford County Genealogical Society in Galion, Ohio. – 101,198 records as of 4 June 2012.

    Ohio, Jefferson County Court Records, 1797-1940 – Browsable 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. 173,941 images as of 5 June 2012. Up 166,220 images from 22 March 2012.

    Oklahoma County Marriages – 1891-1959 – Name index and images of marriage records from counties in Oklahoma – Counties included so far include Adair, Alfalfa, Atoka, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Bryan, Caddo, Canadian, Dewey, Garfield, Harmon, Hughes, Jackson, Jefferson, and Kingfisher Counties. Other counties are now probably included, but I couldn’t find a list. More counties will be added over time.- 579,588 indexed records from 343,289 images as of 17 April 2012 – up 188,814 indexed records since 17 December 2011!

    NEW DATABASE Oregon, Douglas County Records, 1852-1952 – Browsable Images – This collection includes deed records and indexes, 1852-1920. It also includes marriage records and indexes from 1913-1952. This collection is being published as images become available. – 91,815 images as of 11 June 2012.

    Pennsylvania County Marriages 1885-1950Imaged Records – Name index and images of county marriage records acquired from local courthouses. Most of the records consist of marriage licenses, certificates, and affidavits, docket books, with a few marriage declarations & Justice of the Peace marriages – 1,667,651 records and 2,331,809 images as of 22 June 2012. Up 342,186 records and 1,164,735 images since 23 December 2011.

    NEW DATABASE Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Births, 1860-1906 – Imaged Records – This collection is a name index and images of birth registers from the Board of Health in the city of Philadelphia. It includes birth returns filed by physicians, midwives and area hospitals or other facilities. – 259,115 images as of 24 June 2012.

    Rhode Island Marriages 1724-1916 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Rhode Island – 209,502 records as of 5 March 2012.

    Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950 – Name index and images of Tennessee county marriage records acquired from local courthouses. Records include marriage registers, marriage licenses, marriage bonds, and marriage certificates from the following Tennessee Counties. Currently this collection is 16% complete. Records consist of packets, with multiple documents per packet – 1,006,415 records as of 26 March 2012 – up 631,053 records since 21 Seprember 2011! 433,049 browsable images.

    Texas County Marriage Index 1837-1977 – Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas. – 2,099,675 records as of 5 march 2012 – up 1,733,870 records since 29 December 2011.

    NEW DATABASE Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010 – This collection contains indexes of marriage license applications from all counties in the state of Texas. The indexes were prepared by the Vital Statistics Unit of the Department of State Health Services and have been published on the Department’s website. – 7,606,159 records as of 16 June 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. – 844,910 images as of 15 June 2012. Up 422,541 images since 14 February 2012.

    Texas County Tax Rolls 1846-1910Imaged Records – Images for tax rolls for 237 counties in Texas. Index is in progress and additional records will be added as they are completed. The images are laid out by county and year, so if you know where your people lived, finding them usually isn’t difficult, even without the indexes finished – 1,209,864 indexed records and 725,748 images as of 5 June 2012. Up 1,200,141 indexed records and 46,861 images since 12 July 2011; From the Texas State Library and Archives, Austin on 423 rolls of FHL.

    NEW DATABASE Utah, State Archives Records 1848-2001Imaged Records – Images of various record types held by the Utah State Archives. Record types include civil and criminal case files, divorce records, probate case files and naturalization records for Beaver, Box Elder, Carbon, Davis, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Juab, Kane, Piute, Salt Lake, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Summit, Tooele, Wasatch, and Weber counties. Coverage of record type and date range varies by county. This collection will also include cemetery records for Beaver, Charleston, Fillmore, Garland, Glenwood, Grantsville, Hyrum, Junction, Kaysville, Marysville, Midvale, Murray, Paragonah, Salt Lake City, Scipio, and Spring City. This collection is being published as images become available – Included is the Box Elder County Interment Register 1893-1961; Cache County Cemetery Records 1860-1998; Carbon County Probate Case Files 1896-1931; Davis County Interment Register Vol A-E 1869-1982; Probate Case Files 1888-1932; Iron County Cemetery Records 1899-2001; Iron County Probate Court Minutes 1854-1868; Kane County Probate Index 1864-1896, Kane County Probate Court Minutes Bk B 1878-1896; Millard County Burial Record Index 1900-1973; Millard County Cemetery Records 1887-1986; Millard County Interment Register 1854-1945; Piute county Marysvale Cemetery Records 1887-1978; Piute County Probate Case Files 1900-1932; Piute County Record of Junction Town Cemeteries 1881-2001; Salt Lake County Burial Plat Index 1848-1976; Salt Lake County Burial Record 1923-1994; Salt Lake County Interment Register 1874-1994; Salt Lake County Probate Case Files 1906-1913; San Juan County Probate Case Files 1888-1933; Sanpete County Cemetery Record 1892-1991; Sanpete County Probate Court Minutes 1852-1884; Sevier County Cemetery Record 1856-1960; Sevier County Probate Case Files 1865-1912; Tooele County Burial Cards 1855-1991; Tooele County Probate Court Minutes 1859-1888; Wasatch County Interment Register 1901-1991; and Wasatch County Sexton’s Record 1901-1966 – 433,665 images as of 29 May 2012.

    NEW DATABASE Utah, County Marriages 1787-1937 – Name index of marriage records from local county courthouses. The records consist of bound volumes, applications, licenses, certificates, etc. This collection is currently 53% complete and more records will be added as they are completed – 294,182 records as of 8 May 2012.

    Utah Probate Records, 1851-1961Imaged Records – Collection of probate records, including case files and other documents created by the Probate Courts of various Utah counties. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. This collection is being published as images become available. 91,265 images as of 18 May 2012 – up 67,738 images since 23 September 2011.

    NEW DATABASE Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005 Browsable Images Vital and town records acquired from local town clerk offices. The records are handwritten or typewritte on preprinted pages which have been bound into volumes. The collection consists of vital records (births, marriages, and deaths), cemetery records, and burial and removal permits. They are arranged by town, then by record type, then by date. The content and completeness of the records varies by town. – 927,764 images as of 22 June 2012.

    Vermont, Bennington County, Manchester District Estate Files, 1779-1935Imaged Records – Images of probate estate files in alphabetical order. Each estate file consists of multiple images. This collection is being published as images become available – 119,038 images as of 13 June 2012. Up 40,357 images since 19 December 2011.

    Virginia Births & Christenings, 1853-1917 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Virginia. 1,991,095 records as of 9 May 2012 – up 568,240 records since 2 May 2011!

    NEW DATABASE Virginia, Orange County Marriage Records, 1757-1938imaged records – 11,823 records and 922 images as of 30 April 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. – 207,028 images as of 24 April 2012 – up 38,170 images since 10 February 1012.

    NEW DATABASE Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008Indexed Records and Browsable Images – Name index of the marriage records for Clallam, Lewis, Pacific, Snohomish, Thurston, and Wahkiakum Counties. This collection of marriage records includes: Clallam County marriage certificates, applications and returns, 1865-2008; Lewis County marriage returns, 1914-1950; Pacific County marriage certificates, 1878-1947; Snohomish County marriage records 1912-1945; Thurston County marriage certificates, 1927-1950 and Wahkiakum County marriage certificates, 1907-1939. The records are arranged chronologically. – 48,385 records and 127,658 images as of 19 June 2012.

    Washington State County Records 1856-2009 – Browsable Images – 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. 2,198,619 images as of 11 June 2012. Up 273,789 images since 22 March 2012.

    NEW DATABASE Washington, County Deaths, 1891-1907 – Index Records and Browsable Images – This collection includes an index and images of deaths recorded at the county level before the state records were kept. The counties included in this collection are Wahkiakum; Grays Harbor, including the city of Aberdeen; Clark; Lewis and Mason. – 3,519 records and 4,929 images as of 11 June 2012.

    NEW DATABASE Washington, County Probate Records, 1853-1929 – Browsable 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. – 194,383 images as of 15 June 2012.

    NEW DATABASE Washington, King County Delayed Births, 1941-1942imaged records – This collection includes records created in King County, Washington during 1941 and 1942 for people who applied for delayed birth certificates. Delayed certificates can be issued for people whose birth was not recorded at the time of the event. The records were created in the 1940s but the actual births occurred earlier – 5,631 records from 24,644 images as of 20 April 2012.

    Wisconsin Marriages 1836-1930 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Wisconsin – 734,524 records as of 24 March 2012 – up 653,894 records since 7 May, 2010!

    Wyoming, Marriages, 1877-1920 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Wyoming. 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. – 13,941 records as of 5 March 2012.

    United States Births and Christenings, 1867-1931 – Name index to small sets of birth, baptism and christening records from a few states within the United States – 19,350 records as of 30 March 2012.

    United States Marriages 1733-1990 – Name index to small sets of marriage records from a few states within the United States – 9,880 records as of 30 March 2012 – up 2704 records since 27 April, 2010.

    BillionGraves Index – Name index of burial records courtesy of BillionGraves.com 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 – 980,915 records as of 24 May 2012.

    United State Social Security Death Index – Name index to deaths recorded by the Social Security Administration beginning in 1962. Current as of October 31, 2011. – 90,732,247 records as of 5 March 2012.

    FamilySearch Adds Millions of Records for Belgium, China, Philippines, and the U.S. – 20 States Now Completed for the 1940 Census

    The following news release was received from FamilySearch.org:

    FamilySearch published new, free records online for Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, England, Georgia, Indonesia, Italy, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. The 1940 US Census Community Project continues to progress quickly. Online volunteers have now indexed 80 million names out of the historic 1940 census. Follow the progress online or search the 20 completed states at FamilySearch.org/1940census. BillionGraves also contributed about a million indexed records. Search these diverse collections and 2.8 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

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

    FamilySearch International 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 free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 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

    Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537-1888 – 0 – 349,963 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    Austria, Vienna, Jewish Registers of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1784-1911 – 0 – 206,316 – New browsable image collection.
    Belgium, Antwerp, Police Immigration, 1840-1930 – 0 – 1,339,442 – New browsable image collection.
    BillionGraves Index – 980,915 – 980,915 – Affiliate provided new indexed records and browsable images.
    Canada, Lower Canada Census, 1825 – 74,323 – 1,202 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.
    Canada, New Brunswick Provincial Returns of Marriages and Late Registrations, 1920-1950 – 0 – 119,291 – New browsable image collection.
    Canada, New Brunswick Provincial Returns of Marriages, 1887-1919 – 0 – 141,775 – New browsable image collection.
    Canada, Nova Scotia, Halifax County, Deed Indexes, 1749-1958 – 0 – 23,008 – New browsable image collection.
    Canada, Saskatchewan Provincial Records, 1879-1987 – 0 – 75,276 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    Chile, Santiago, Cementerio General, 1821-2011 – 0 – 84,542 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    China, Collection of Genealogies, 1500-1900 – 0 – 1,588,606 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    Czech Republic, Censuses, 1843-1921 – 0 – 52,767 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    Czech Republic, Land Records, 1450-1889 – 0 – 123,966 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    England, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers, 1603-1910 – 0 – 983 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    England, Northumberland, Miscellaneous Records, 1705-2005 – 0 – 65,881 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    Georgia, Headright and Bounty Land Records, 1783-1909 – 0 – 36,799 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Purwodadi Citizenship Records, 1960-2012 – 0 – 46,170 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Wonosobo, Naturalization Records, 1927-2011 – 0 – 37,311 – New browsable image collection.
    Italy, Bologna, Bologna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1941 – 0 – 49,009 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    Italy, Genova, Chiavari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1941 – 0 – 27,223 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    Italy, Messina, Patti, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1823-1941 – 0 – 26,259 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    Italy, Napoli, Serrara Fontana, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809-1929 – 4,242 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
    Italy, Pescara, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1866-1942 – 0 – 104,831 – New browsable image collection.
    Italy, Salerno, Padula, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809-1940 – 0 – 4,375 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    Italy, Teramo, Teramo, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1940 – 0 – 5,813 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941 – 0 – 134,878 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    Italy, Waldensian Evangelical Church Records, 1679-1969 – 21,878 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
    Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 – 0 – 24,703 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1981 – 0 – 6,356,654 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    Philippines, Civil Registration (National), 1945-1981 – 0 – 101,177 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books, 1600-1950 – 0 – 31,074 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    Portugal, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911 – 0 – 21,549 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949 – 0 – 47,334 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    Russia Tver Poll Tax Census (Revision lists), 1744-1874 – 0 – 873,732 – New browsable image collection.
    Scotland Census, 1841 – 2,629,006 – 0 – New indexed collection
    Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1583-1902 – 0 – 112,580 – New browsable image collection.
    Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records, 1903-1918 – 0 – 158,340 – New browsable image collection.
    Spain, Province of Tarragona, Municipal Records, 1430-1916 – 0 – 56,475 – New browsable image collection.
    Spain, Records of Widows and Orphans of Spanish Officials, 1860-1960 – 0 – 5,146 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    Spain, Valencia, Miscellaneous Records, 1251-1950 – 0 – 265,333 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    Sweden, Uppsala Church Records, 1308-1901; index 1613-1860 – 16,217 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
    U.S., Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970 – 0 – 69,935 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    U.S., Maine, State Archive Collections, 1790-1966 – 0 – 47,107 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    U.S., Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004 – 0 – 89,204 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    U.S., New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787-1938 – 0 – 74,400 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    U.S., New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1924 – 0 – 29,852 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    U.S., Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004 – 0 – 101,198 – New browsable image collection.
    U.S., Ohio, Jefferson County Court Records, 1797-1940 – 0 – 38,814 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    U.S., Ohio, Probate Records, 1790-1967 – 0 – 3,796,974 – New browsable image collection.
    U.S., Ohio, Stark County Court Records, 1809-1917 – 0 – 118,518 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910 – 1,200,141 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
    U.S., California, Great Registers, 1866-1910 – 2,325,643 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
    U.S., District of Columbia, Birth Returns, 1874-1897 – 0 – 90,550 – New browsable image collection.
    U.S., Texas, Deaths, 1977-1986 – 0 – 69,454 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    U.S., California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1967 – 0 – 43,465 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    U.S., Idaho, Cassia County Records, 1879-1989 – 0 – 46,360 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    U.S., Iowa, Fayette County Probate Records, 1851-1927 – 0 – 86,849 – New browsable image collection.
    U.S., Missouri, Jackson County Voter Registration Records, 1928-1956 – 0 – 16,434 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    U.S., Montana, Yellowstone County Records, 1881-2012 – 0 – 37,718 – New browsable image collection.
    U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663-1968 – 86 – 689,079 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    U.S., Texas, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Membership Applications, 1892-2010 – 0 – 25,788 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    U.S., Texas, Deaths, 1977-1986 – 0 – 32,220 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    U.S., Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001 – 0 – 159,181 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    U.S., Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008 – 0 – 26,908 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    U.S., Washington, County Probate Records, 1853-1929 – 0 – 20,031 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
    United States Census, 1930 (New Jersey Part B) – 46,148 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
    United States Census, 1940 (Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Mississippi, Nevada, Utah, Vermont, Wyoming) – 9,853,018 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
    United States, Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files – 404,753 – 404,753 – Affiliate provided indexed records and browsable images to existing collection

    1940 U.S. Census Community Project Nearly Halfway Complete

    The following news release was received from FamilySearch.org:

    22 May 2012 – The halfway point for indexing the 1940 U.S. census is fast approaching.

    Congratulations and thank you to all of the volunteers participating in this unprecedented genealogical community effort. Currently more than 20 states are at or above 85 percent complete. Six states — Delaware, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon, Virginia, and New Hampshire — are now indexed and searchable by name, location, and family relations. And thanks to the efforts of more than 100,000 volunteers, more states will be added in the coming weeks. Follow the day-to-day indexing status at the1940census.com dashboard and search completed states at familysearch.org/1940census.

    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 projects page.

    New Projects Added

    • Argentina, Santa Fe, Santa Rosa de Calchines y Rosario—Registros Parroquiales, 1888–1927
    • Deutschland, Mecklenburg, Schwerin—1867 Volkszählung [Teil B]
    • Italia, Nuoro—Stato Civile, 1866–1910
    • Nederland, Gelderland—Geboorten burgelijke stand, 1811–1902 [Part 2]
    • Norway—1875 Federal Census [Part F]
    • Panamá—Registros Parroquiales, 1748–1972 [Parte 1]
    • Slovensko, Prešov—štátny oblastný archív záznamov cirkvi, 1592–1935 [Časť A]
    • Sverige, Örebro—Kyrkoböcker till 1860 [Del 6]
    • Sverige, Uppsala—Kyrkoböcker till 1860 [Del 4]
    • Venezuela, Maracaibo—Registros Parroquiales, 1723–1976

    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 [Part 2 J]
    • U.S., Indiana—1940 Federal Census
    • U.S., Nevada—1940 Federal Census
    • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 2 H]
    • U.S., Texas—Deaths, 1890–1976 [Part B]
    • U.S., Wyoming—1940 Federal Census
    • U.S., Alaska—1940 Federal Census
    • Italia, Napoli, Castellammare di Stabia—Atti di Nascita, 1809–1885, Part 1
    • U.S., Arizona—1940 Federal Census
    • U.S., Florida—1940 Federal Census
    • U.S., Texas—County Marriages 1837–1977 [Part C]
    • U.S., Idaho—1940 Federal Census
    • U.S., Vermont—1940 Federal Census
    • UK, England and Wales—1871 Census for Lincolnshire, Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Rutland
    • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 2 E]
    • U.S., Montana—1940 Federal Census
    • U.S., Veterans Pension Cards, 1907–1933 [Part A]
    • U.S., Mississippi—1940 Federal Census
    • Canada, Ontario—Marriages, 1869–1927 [Part B]

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