Over 300 Million New Names Added Online @ the New Beta.FamilySearch.org Site

The following information was received this morning from Paul Nauta with FamilySearch:

FamilySearch beta There were over 150 new collections added or enhanced this week at FamilySearch.org. FamilySearch volunteers indexed over 120 million records — over 300 million new names — from original source documents to accomplish this great feat. The massive release was announced this past week at the National Genealogical Society annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The records can be found at FamilySearch’s Record Search pilot (FamilySearch.org, click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot) or Beta.FamilySearch.org. Be sure to share the good news with family and friends.

See the listing below for the complete list of all the newly added or improved collections – laid out by country, dates included, and the number of records available.

FOREIGN
Argentina Baptisms, 1645—1930 — 4,209,653
Argentina Marriages, 1722—1911 — 150,895
Australia Deaths and Burials, 1816—1980 — 106,767
Austria Births and Baptisms, 1651—1940 — 88,885
Austria Burials, 1768 – 1918 — 31,756
Austria Marriages, 1722 — 1898 — 25,383
Bahamas Births, 1550—1891 — 53,476
Barbados Baptisms, 1739—1891 — 222,010
Barbados Burials, 1854—1885 — 92,226
Barbados Marriages, 1854—1879 — 15,666
Belgium Births and Baptisms, 1560—1890 — 354,038
Belgium Deaths and Burials, 1564—1900 — 67,182
Brazil Baptisms, 1688—1935 — 3,597,609
Brazil Deaths, 1750—1890 — 43,931
Brazil Marriages, 1730—1955 — 475,107
Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661—1959 — 2,160,243
Canada Deaths and Burials, 1664—1955 — 101,189
Canada Marriages, 1661—1949 — 262,982
Canada – British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872—1986 — 928,851
Canada – British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859—1932 — 124,593
Canada – New Brunswick Births, 1819—1899 — 25,414
Canada – Nova Scotia Births, 1702—1896 — 125,791
Canada – Nova Scotia Marriages, 1711—1909 — 32,245
Canada – Ontario Births, 1779—1899 — 455,469
Canada – Ontario Marriages, 1800—1910 — 28,574
Canada – Quebec Births, 1662—1898 — 27,212
Caribbean Births, 1590—1928 — 438,073
Caribbean Deaths, 1790—1906 — 13,088
Caribbean Marriages, 1591—1905 — 88,186
Costa Rica Baptisms, 1700—1915 — 176,574
Costa Rica Deaths, 1787—1900 — 31,505
Costa Rica Marriages, 1750—1920 — 57,849
Czech Republic Births, 1637—1889 — 33,062
Czech Republic Marriages, 1654—1889 — 12,698
Dominican Republic Baptisms, 1726—1924 — 114,209
Dominican Republic Deaths, 1666—1862 — 14,636
Dominican Republic Marriages, 1743—1929 — 31,992
Ecuador Baptisms, 1680—1930 — 593,710
Ecuador Deaths, 1800—1920 — 43,852
Ecuador Marriages, 1680—1930 — 271,061
El Salvador Baptisms, 1750—1940 — 218,500
El Salvador Marriages, 1810—1930 — 28,162
France Deaths and Burials, 1546—1960 — 347,368
France Marriages, 1546—1924 — 1,397,204
Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558—1898 — 33,749,332
Gibraltar Marriages, 1879—1918 — 2,201
Gibralter Births and Baptisms, 1704—1876 — 30,515
Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778—1988 — 69,278
Great Britain Marriages, 1797—1988 — 22,036
Great Britain – Channel Islands Births and Baptisms, 1820—1907 — 41,647
Great Britain – Isle of Man Births and Baptisms, 1821—1911 — 224,489
Great Britain – Isle of Man Deaths and Burials, 1844—1911 — 42,389
Great Britain – Isle of Man Marriages, 1849—1911 — 42,662
Great Britain – Wales, Births and Baptisms, 1586—1907 — 773,392
Great Britain – Wales, Deaths and Burials, 1586—1885 — 15,109
Great Britain – Wales, Marriages, 1541—1900 — 39,630
Grenada Births and Baptisms, 1866—1891 — 33,239
Guatemala Baptisms, 1730—1917 — 466,223
Guatemala Deaths, 1760—1880 — 20,921
Guatemala Marriages, 1750—1930 — 112,610
Hondurus Baptisms, 1730—1930 — 220,317
Hondurus Marriages, 1800—1910 — 31,686
Hungary Baptisms, 1734—1895 — 14,210
Iceland Marriages, 1770—1920 — 42,954
India Births and Baptisms, 1800—1945 — 887,579
India Deaths and Burials, 1800—1945 — 566,529
India Marriages, 1800—1945 — 203,970
Ireland Deaths, 1864—1870 — 51,249
Italy Births and Baptisms, 1806—1900 — 1,940,693
Italy Deaths and Burials, 1809—1900 — 438,494
Jamaica Births and Baptisms, 1752—1920 — 331,497
Luxembourg Births, 1662—1840 — 7,835
Luxembourg Deaths, 1702—1798 — 1,554
Luxembourg Marriages, 1700—1810 — 1471
Mexico Deaths, 1680—1940 — 362,067
Mexico Marriages , 1570—1950 — 6,232,176
Panama Baptisms, 1750—1938 — 269,054
Panama Deaths, 1840—1930 — 21,463
Panama Marriages, 1800—1950 — 39,839
Paraguay Baptisms, 1800—1930 — 101,337
Paraguay Marriages, 1800—1900 — 14,400
Peru Baptisms, 1556—1930 — 4,013,461
Peru Deaths, 1750—1930 — 101,257
Peru Marriages, 1600—1940 — 443,248
Philippines Births and Baptisms, 1642—1994 — 334,139
Philippines Deaths and Burials, 1726—1957 — 5,128,622
Philippines Marriages, 1723—1957 — 2,247,381
Portugal Baptisms , 1570—1910 — 424,354
Portugal Deaths, 1640—1910 — 100,234
Portugal Marriages, 1670—1910 — 59,735
Russia Births and Baptisms, 1755—1917 — 170,844
Russia Deaths and Burials, 1815—1917 — 100,647
Russia Marriages, 1793—1919 — 33,559
Samoa Baptisms, 1863—1940 — 28,013
Samoa Burials, 1895—1970 — 42,061
Spain Deaths, 1600—1920 — 186,259
Sweden Baptisms, 1611—1920 — 9,280,828
Sweden Burials, 1649-1920 — 1,207,501
Sweden Marriages, 1630-1920 — 2,243,064
Switzerland Baptisms, 1491-1940 — 1,001,685
Switzerland Burials, 1613-1875 — 138,011
Switzerland Marriages, 1532-1910 — 268,739
Switzerland, Basel City Church Books, 1380-1917 — Images Only
Switzerland, Schaffhausen Genealogies and City Directories, 1460-1952 — Images Only
Ukraine, Births and Baptisms — 14,166
Uruguay Marriages, 1840—1900 — 19,810

UNITED STATES
United States 1910 Federal Census (AZ, CA, DE, FL) — 4,078,117
United States Births, 1867—1931 — 20,946
United States Deaths, 1867—1961 — 3,705
United States Marriages, 1733—1990 — 7,176

Arizona Births and Christening , 1909—1917 — 27,483
Arizona Deaths , 1910—1911; 1993—1994 — 10,168
Arizona Marriages, 1888—1908 — 75,094
Arkansas Births and Christenings, 1880—1893 — 11,724
Arkansas Deaths and Burials, 1882—1929; 1945—1963 — 38,956
Arkansas Marriages, 1837—1944 — 1,005,608
Delaware Births and Christenings, 1710—1896 — 30,298
Delaware Deaths and Burials, 1815—1955 — 209,592
Delaware Marriages, 1713—1953 — 70,024
District of Columbia Births and Christenings, 1830—1955 — 121,224
District of Columbia Deaths and Burials, 1840—1964 — 372,173
District of Columbia Marriages, 1830—1921 — 242,760
Florida Births and Christenings, 1880—1935 — 28,301
Florida Deaths and Burials, 1900—1921 — 24,800
Florida Marriages, 1837—1974 — 860,110
Hawaii Births and Christenings, 1852—1933 — 150,992
Hawaii Deaths and Burials, 1862—1919 — 105,519
Hawaii Marriages, 1826—1922 — 103,871
Idaho Births and Christenings, 1856—1965 — 75,881
Idaho Deaths and Burials, 1907—1965 — 31,253
Idaho Marriages, 1878—1898/1903—1942 — 88,588
Kansas Births and Christenings, 1818—1936 — 59,392
Kansas Deaths and Burials, 1885—1930 — 39,907
Kansas Marriages, 1840—1935 — 378,903
Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839—1960 — 547,119
Kentucky Deaths and Burials, 1843—1970 — 1,971,681
Kentucky Marriages, 1785—1979 — 1,532,718
Louisiana Births, Christenings, 1811—1830; 1854—1934 — 16,890
Louisiana Marriages, 1816—1906 — 129,641
Maine Births and Christenings, 1739—1900 — 940,882
Maine Deaths and Burials, 1841—1910 — 172,879
Maine Marriages, 1771—1907 — 597,508
Maryland Births and Christenings, 1650—1995 — 206,288
Maryland Deaths and Burials, 1877—1992 — 11,686
Maryland Marriages, 1666—1970 — 253,727
Montana Marriages, 1889—1947 — 197,930
New Mexico Births and Christenings, 1726—1918 — 435,411
New Mexico Deaths, 1788—1798; 1838—1955 — 9,627
New Mexico Marriages, 1751—1918 — 93,387
New York Births and Christenings, 1640—1962 — 1,351,166
New York Deaths and Burials, 1795—1952 — 701,396
New York Marriages, 1686—1980 — 859,927
North Carolina Births and Christenings, 1866—1964 — 156,156
North Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898—1994 — 2,742,609
North Carolina Marriages, 1759—1979 — 2,128,391
Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854—1997 — 2,535,557
Oregon Births and Christenings, 1868—1929 — 70,253
Oregon Deaths and Burials, 1903—1947 — 29,035
Oregon Marriages, 1853—1935 — 57,523
South Dakota State Census, 1935 673,322
Tennessee County Marriages, 1790—1950 — 10,145
Utah Births and Christenings, 1892—1941 — 48,049
Utah Deaths, 1888—1946 — 148,933
Utah Marriages, 1887—1966 — 308,854
Vermont Births and Christenings, 1765—1908 — 402,329
Vermont Deaths, 1871—1965 — 235,415
Vermont Marriages, 1791—1974 — 185,433
Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1853—1912 — 785,241
West Virginia Births and Christenings, 1853—1928 — 544,589
West Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1854—1932 — 56,688
West Virginia Marriages, 1854—1932 — 203,378
Wyoming Marriages, 1877—1920 — 14,070

PLANET EARTH
World Misc Births, 1534—1983 — 616,742
World Misc Deaths, 1767—1950 — 15269
World Misc Marriages, 1662—1945 — 28668

None of this would be possible without the great contributions of many online FamilySearch volunteers. These individuals donate the time and effort needed to make these collections freely available to FamilySearch patrons. If you would like to become a volunteer in the FamilySearch community, please go to FamilySearchIndexing.org. Many hands produce great work. Thank you for your support!

About FamilySearch
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter—day Saints. 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.

The New West Florida Genealogy Library in Pensacola, Florida

The growth of the Pensacola, Florida population, as well as lack of space has prompted the move of the Tryon Branch Library on 9th Ave. and College Blvd. to the new location at 1200 Langley Ave. in Pensacola.

The good news is that the former library will now become the West Florida Genealogy Library. The genealogy library is currently on the second floor of the library in downtown Pensacola. Moving it to the 9th and College location is perfect because more room is needed for the genealogy collection and the patron volume isn’t as heavy as was being dealt with at the Tryon Branch.

Gene Fischer, director of the West Florida Public Library System says “We needed more space for that and it seemed like the old Tryon Library would be ideal for that because you’re not talking about heavy volume. So parking would [not] necessarily be a problem.”

Fro more information, see the article in the October 6, 2009 edition of TheVoyager.net.

State Census Records Found at FamilySearch Labs

The shear numbers of records found at the FamilySearch labs website are mind boggling. Within the digitized records now found posted 1865 Brighton, Monroe Co, NY Census at the site are quite a number of State Census records.

Records for Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Wisconsin are now found there.

These records are not all indexed, but even those can be browsed by location. A few of the databases are not imaged, but they are searchable.

The state census may include many images that are not population schedules including mortality and agricultural schedules. In some cases the images are in separate databases; in others they may be found at the end of the population schedules.

The following State Censuses are now found at the FamilySearch Labs site:

censussubs-1-60pw Thirty-seven states have Colonial, Territorial, and State Censuses.

Use these census records to fill in your family data for the years between the Federal decennial censuses.

I recommend the following four books for those who would like to add to their family records:

Census Substitutes & State Census Records – Vol. 1 – Eastern States, by William Dollarhide
Census Substitutes & State Census Records – Vol. 2 – Western States, by William Dollarhide
New York State Censuses & Substitutes, by William Dollarhide
State Census Records, by Ann Lainhart

3.5 Million New Records, Including Brazil, Czech Republic and Italy, Added at the FamilySearch Record Search Pilot Website

Thanks to Paul Nauta for the following info:

20 May 2009: Thirteen collections were added or updated on the FamilySearch Record Search pilot—over 3.5 million new records. International researchers will be excited to know that collections were added for Brazil, Czech Republic, and Italy.

In the United States, collections were added for Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina. These collections can be searched for free at the FamilySearch.org Records Search pilot (click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot).

Special thanks to the FamilySearch volunteers who helped create the 2 million indexed names published this week!

FamilySearch Additions

About FamilySearch
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Millions of Historic Southern Records Now on the Web

Thanks to Paul Nauta for the following press release:

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SALT LAKE CITY—FamilySearch announced today it has published millions of records from Southern states to its rapidly growing, free online collection. The collection includes both digital images and indexes. Millions of death records from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida were the most recent additions. Viewers can search the free collection on the Record Search pilot at FamilySearch.org (click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot).

In the past 18 months, FamilySearch has been diligently publishing digital images and indexes from Southern states. It is part of a worldwide initiative to provide fast, economical access to genealogical records. Fueled by over 100,000 online volunteers, FamilySearch is digitizing and indexing historical records and publishing them online.

The most recent additions are from the following collections:

  • Alabama Statewide Deaths 1908 to 1974 (Index)
  • Arkansas County Marriages: 1837 to 1957
  • Civil War Pension Index Cards (Digital Images)
  • Florida Deaths 1877 to 1939 (Index)
  • Florida State Censuses: 1855, 1935, 1945 (Digital Images)
  • Freedman Bank Records: 1865 to 1874
  • Freedman’s Bureau Virginia Marriages 1855 to 1866
  • Georgia Deaths 1914 to 1927
  • Louisiana War of 1812 Pension Lists (Images)
  • North Carolina Deaths 1906 to 1930
  • North Carolina, Davidson County Marriages and Deaths, 1867–1984 (Digital Images)
  • South Carolina Deaths 1915 to 1943
  • South Carolina Deaths 1944 to 1955 (Index)
  • Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998 (Index)
  • Texas Deaths 1890 to 1976
  • Virginia Fluvanna County Funeral Home Records 1929 to 1976 (Digital Images)
  • West Virginia Births 1853 to 1990 (Index)
  • West Virginia Marriages 1853 to 1970 (Index)
  • West Virginia Deaths 1853 to 1970 (Index)

FamilySearch has also published free indexes to the 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, and 1920 (partial) U.S Censuses—all important resources for Southern states research.

David E. Rencher, FamilySearch chief genealogical officer said, “This significant set of records fills a real need in Southern states research. To be able to search vital records across the South by name and locality leverages the best search techniques and greatly improves the odds of success for those researching Southern families.”

During both pre and post Civil War eras, there was general migration from the eastern seaboard, down through the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, and on into Texas. “The publication of these records will begin to open up and answer many questions about family members that migrated and were never heard from again,” Rencher added.

With just a few clicks, visitors can now search millions of records online for that elusive ancestor. Or pore through digital images of historic documents that before this time were inconvenient or impossible for many to access because the original documents were located in an archive somewhere in the South.

“There is much more to come,” said Rencher. “FamilySearch has a large collection of records [on film] from the Southern states that still need to be digitized, indexed, and made available for the public online—and we are acquiring new records all the time. It’s a great time to be a family history enthusiast,” concluded Rencher.

FamilySearch is currently working on federal and state censuses and birth, marriage, death, and war records. New indexing projects and searchable collections are added weekly.

America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2009

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2009.” The announcement was made at one of the sites announced as at risk, the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

The list is as follows:

  • The Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California; the “West Coast White House.” Two skyscrapers are to take its place.
  • The Manhattan Project’s Enola Gay Hangar at Wendover Airfield in Utah, is at risk of irreparable damage.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois, is in disrepair due to a lack of restoration money.
  • New Mexico’s Mount Taylor, sacred for 30 Native American tribes, is in endangered by uranium mining activity.
  • The Ames Shovel Shops North Easton, Massachusetts — a 19th-century industrial village — may be razzed for new development.
  • Ames Shovel Shops

  • Galveston, Texas 19th-century buildings with cast-iron storefronts, running for 12-blocks, is trying to survive following Hurricane Ike damage in September of 2001.
  • Miami Marine Stadium in Virginia Key, Florida, has been vandalized, and is in continued deterioration, having never recovered from the 1992 Hurricane Andrew, making it a prime target for development.
  • Dorchester Academy in Midway, Georgia; formerly a school for freed slaves, is deteriorating without funds to save it.
  • The Art Deco Human Services Center, which includes 11 historic buildings, in Yankton, S.D., must be destroyed by order from the state.
  • Lanai City, Hawaii and its historic building are threatened by commercial development.
  • Memorial Bridge, connecting Portsmouth, N.H. to Kittery, Maine. This bridge is the first major lift bridge in the eastern portion of the U.S.A. The bridge needs maintenance and without proper funding, the bridge could be destroyed.

Read more about it in the April 28, 2009 edition of USA Today.

Finding 1861–1869 Names of Residents & Civil War Soldiers – Part Three – Florida Through lllinois

Finding 1861–1869 Names of Residents & Civil War Soldiers
Part Three – Florida through Illinois

By William Dollarhide

Between the 1860 and 1870 federal censuses, there were state censuses, statewide tax lists, military lists, and other statewide name lists produced for Union and Confederate states, including territories and states created during the Civil War. Post-Civil War Pension Records for the confederate soldiers were also a function of the individual states, rather than the U.S. federal government.

Civil War

This review continues the series started earlier and is presented in alphabetical order for all participating states and territories of the Civil War era, and identifies for each the following resources:

Online Resources:
• The State Archives and/or the State Library Website; and any Civil War related databases available online at that Website.
• Any Civil War Website for a state.
• Any 1861-1869 online database for a state.

Published Resources:
• Any published Compiled Service Records, Militia Lists, Pension Records, or Veteran Records specific to the state.
• Any statewide name lists 1861-1869, including State Censuses, Tax Lists, or Voter Registration Lists.

To see the Introduction to this series, click here.
To see the data for Alabama through the District of Columbia, click here.

FLORIDA

Wakulla County, Florida, Civil War Veterans, probably 1904 Courtesy of Florida State University.
Caption: Wakulla County, Florida, Civil War Veterans, probably 1904 Courtesy of Florida State Univ.

Online Florida Resources:

State Archives: Florida State Archives (FSA), Tallahassee, FL. Website: http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us/index_researchers.cfm

Online Civil War databases at the FSA Website:
Florida Confederate Pension Application Files

Florida Civil War Website: www.civilwarflorida.com/site/news/

Published Florida Resources:
Compiled Service Records of Confederate soldiers Who Served in Organizations From the State of Florida , microfilm of original records at The National Archives, Washington, DC. Filmed by the Archives, 1957, series M251, 104 rolls, beginning with FHL film #191679 (Index, A-Bru) and FHL film #191668 (1st Cavalry, A-E). The names from this series were indexed at the NPS Website.

Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations From the State of Florida, microfilm of original records at the National Archives, Washington, DC. Filmed by the Archives, 1962, 11 rolls. FHL has entire set, beginning with FHL film #1299987 (1st Cavalry, A-C). The names from this series were indexed at the NPS Website.

Records of the War Department, War Department Collection of Confederate Records: Compiled Military Service Records of General and Staff Officers From the State of Florida, microfilm of original records at the Central Plains Region, National Archives. Filmed by the Archives, 1958, 3 rolls. The names are arranged alphabetically. FHL has this series, beginning with FHL film #191674 (FL General and Staff Officers: A – Col).
For a list of Florida CSA soldiers who served with Alabama regiments, see the Alabama citation to Confederate Service Records (for out-of-state soldiers who served in Alabama units).

Index of Floridians Serving in War Between States, microfilm of typescript (carbon copy, 210 leaves) at the Pension Department, State Capitol Building, Tallahassee, FL (1956). Indexes the Civil War section of: Soldiers of Florida in the Seminole Indian, Civil, and Spanish American Wars. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1956, 1 roll, FHL film #6887).

Biographical Rosters of Florida’s Confederate and Union Soldiers, 1861-1865, by David W. Hartman, compiler; Davis Coles, associate compiler, published by Broadfoot Publishing, Wilmington, NC, 1995, 6 vols. From preface: “Compiled from service records, pension records, diaries, family and local histories, descendants’ letters, wartime newspapers and diaries etc. to create a biographical record for as many Confederate and Union soldiers as possible who have been identified as having served in Florida units.” Arranged alphabetically by surname within each company. Bibliography: p. 2356-2386 (in vol. 6). Contents: vol. 1: Histories of Florida Infantry Regiments: First (old and new), companies A-K; Second, companies A-M; Third-Fourth, companies A-K; vol. 2: Histories of Florida Infantry Regiments: Fifth-Eighth, companies A-K; vol. 3. Histories of Florida Infantry Regiments: Ninth-Tenth, companies A-K; Eleventh, companies A-L; Second Florida Battalion, companies A-F; History of the First Florida Reserve Regiment, companies A-L; vol. 4: Histories of the First and Second Florida Cavalry Regiment; the Third Battalion Florida Cavalry; the Fifth Florida Cavalry Battalion; the Fifteenth Confederate Cavalry Regiment; First East Florida (US) Cavalry; and the First Florida (US) Cavalry; vol. 5: 2nd Florida Cavalry (US), and Home Guard and miscellaneous units;’ vol. 6: Miscellaneous, bibliography, footnotes, index. Includes staff members for each company. FHL book 975.9 M28h v.1-6.

1865-1867 Amnesty Papers: Name Index to Pardon Application Files. Group 1, Pardon applications submitted by persons from Florida. Refer to the National Confederate Lists for a detailed description of the records. FHL has entire series, including applications from Florida residents:
Florida surnames, Ad-Lu, miscellaneous file, FHL film #1578753.

Pension Claims of Confederate Veterans and Their Widows Beginning 1885-1955, (with Index), microfilm of transcript (hand and typewritten) at the Florida State Archives, Tallahassee, FL. Includes index. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1955, 169 rolls, beginning with FHL film #6717 (Index of pensioners, widows of pensioners, and denied claims) and FHL film #6718 (pension claims No. 1-100). See also Register of Florida CSA Pension Applications, transcribed by Virgil D. White, published by National Historical Pub. Co., Waynesboro, TN, 1989, 278 pages. FHL book 975.9 M2w.

Florida Territorial and State Election Records, 1826-1865, by Florida Division of Elections. Originals and microfilm located at state archives, Tallahassee, Florida. Election records arranged alphabetically by county, then chronologically (by date of election) within each county. Includes returns of elections for county, state and national offices, amnesty oaths, poll books, lists of registered voters, original ballots, etc. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990. See FHL film #1673224-1673232.

1864 Florida Military Census. See Department for the South, November 1864, for Jacksonville, Fernandina and St. Augustine, Florida, Ordered by the Department of the South, Hilton Head, South Carolina, by the Florida State Genealogical Society, Tallahassee, FL, published by Heritage Books, Bowie, MD, 2002, 280 pages. Includes index. From the forward: “One of the forgotten legacies… was a special census of eastern Florida conducted on the orders of Federal military authorities. Its motivation is to this day unclear, but it seems likely to have been part of the work done to help register voters under Lincoln’s “10%” reconstruction plan. African-Americans living in the region were also enumerated despite the fact that they did not yet have the legal right to vote.” Includes name, height, color of eyes, complexion, age, where born or contraband [slave], last residence, where registered for draft or name of owner, date moved into the south, oath of allegiance, and remarks. See FHL book 975.91 X2f.

1864 Florida Military Census, Fernandina County, name list published serially in the Nassau County Genealogist, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Winter 1994), thru Vol. 2, No. 1 (Fall 1994), a periodical of the Amelia Island Genealogical Society, Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Internal Revenue Assessment Lists for Florida, 1865-1866, microfilm of original records at the National Archives, Washington, DC. Filmed by the Archives, 1968, series M761, 1 roll. See FHL film #1578499 (Annual lists, 1865-66; monthly and special lists, Mar.-Dec. 1866).

1867-1905 Florida Voter Registration Rolls, Florida Secretary of State, microfilm of records at Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Tallahassee, Florida, filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990. From the introduction: “Congress passed an act on March 23, 1867 calling for a registration of qualified voters. These voters would then elect delegates to a convention for the purpose of establishing a constitution and civil government. A qualified voter had to be male, twenty-one years of age, a resident of the county, and had to take an oath of allegiance to the United States government. A Board of Registration composed of three loyal officers or persons was set up to make, complete, and witness the registration. This was the first time that Blacks were allowed to register to vote. Most volumes list voter’s name, race, time of residence in county and state, native (of what state), naturalization (where, when, and how) and date of registration.” See FHL film #1672578 and 1672579.

Register of Deceased Veterans, Florida, microfilm of a 67-volume report of the Veterans’ Graves Registration Project, Division of Professional and Service Projects, Work Projects Administration, 1940-1941; original published by The Project, St. Augustine, FL, 1941. This WPA project was cosponsored by the Military Department, State of Florida, and the American Legion, Florida Department. Cemeteries in most Florida counties were canvassed to identify graves of Florida veterans. In most cases, the information about each veteran was limited to the tombstone inscription, which usually gives a name, year of birth and death, unit of service, war, and rank. Added information from a cemetery sexton may have been added, or information gained from local funeral homes, local histories, or local sources. Not all Florida counties participated, the contents of the volumes includes the following counties: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Dade, De Soto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Glades Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Holmes, Indian River, Jackson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Liberty Manatee, Martin, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Polk, St. Lucie, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, and Washington. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1953, 1 roll, FHL film #6716.

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Genealogy at the Largo Florida Public Library

There’s a good article in the April 15, 2008 edition of the Largo Leader about the Pinellas County Genealogical Society, their collection at the Largo Public Library – and my friend, Peter Summers.

Thanks to the Pinellas Genealogy Society that is based at the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Peter Summersmany local residents and people from other areas of the state and country are researching their ancestors.

Created in 1972 as the Florida Society of Genealogical Research, the society was renamed in 1991 and takes up a large portion of the library’s second floor. All Pinellas County libraries some years ago sent their records to Largo, where the only centrally located countywide genealogy research division is now located.

At the helm is Peter Summers, a Wisconsin-born U.S. Army career retiree who rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. The West Point graduate traced his own ancestry back to 1802 ante-bellum New York and has a lead that may trace his heritage even further, to the 1600s.

The Pinellas Genealogy Society meets the third Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. in the library’s Jenkins Auditorium. There is a modest fee to join the society, but the public is invited to attend the meetings and use the society’s books and records. Call the society at 586-7410 or visit http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flpgs/.

Read the full article.

FamilySearch Adds 16 Million+ Indexed Records And 1/2 Million New Digital Images This Week at Record Search Pilot

The following news release was received from Paul Nauta, FamilySearch:

familysearch 7 April 2009: FamilySearch added over 16 million new indexed records and almost 500,000 new digital images this week to its Record Search pilot (see chart below).

Seven new states were added to the 1920 U.S. Census index (Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, and Massachusetts). Four counties (Clay Crittendon, Desha, and Monroe) of Arkansas marriages have also been published and includes the indexes and the images. The Arkansas records date from 1837 to 1957. Many thanks to our good friends at the Arkansas Genealogical Society and other FamilySearch Indexing volunteers who help make these priceless collections more readily available online.

See the chart below for more details. The new records can be searched for free at FamilySearch.org (Click Search Records, then Record Search pilot).

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FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Leon County, Florida, Heritage Book in Process

Leon County Book Committee The Tallahassee Genealogical Society wants folks to share their stories about Leon County and the people of the area. They are currently putting together the Leon County Heritage Book and need short stories and photos.

The book is to be made up of a collection of memories and anecdotes about:

  • Local people,
  • Places,
  • Events and
  • Experiences.

Each household is to submit one story and one photograph. Limit your stories to 500 words to 500 words. However, if you’re dealing with Leon County pioneer families before 1890, the society is allowing 1,000 words.

Get your stuff submitted by June 30, 2009. A hardback book, selling at $50 is expected to be published before year’s end. Just because you submit a story, this does not obligate you to buy a book.

See the more detailed announcement in the April 4, 2009 edition of Tallahassee.com.

Also see the website.

The Lake Helen Historical Society Museum Opens

LAKE HELEN [Florida] – With more than 120 years under its belt, Lake Helen has a rich history. Aside from the 71 historic buildings that comprise the city’s historic district, though, much of its past has been tucked away in attics, garages and storage closets – until now.

Thanks to the Lake Helen Historical Society, with help from the city, the Lake Helen Historical Society Museum is welcoming visitors to City Hall.

Crews recently completed work on an old classroom in the former schoolhouse that was converted into City Hall after the city purchased the building a decade ago for $136,750.

… Now the museum is filling with trinkets and treasures reminiscent of the long history of Lake Helen and its neighbor, Cassadaga.

The historical society, formed three years ago, has led the effort to bring more items of interest into the museum, which is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment.

Read the full article by Ron White in the News Journal.

FamilySearch Indexing Update

March 4, 2009: The FamilySearch indexing application is available in three new languages:

  • Italian,
  • Portuguese, and
  • Russian.

These languages are in addition to English, French, German, and Spanish. They have current indexing projects in all of these languages except Portuguese. They will be introducing a Portuguese project in the near future.

Volunteers can help with any of the projects of interest by registering or logging in at FamilySearchIndexing.org.

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 in preparation for future publication.)

  • UK – Cheshire – Church Records
  • District of Columbia – 1920 US Census
  • Florida 1885 Census
  • Florida 1935 Census
  • Massachusetts 1865 State Census

Current FamilySearch Indexing Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion:

UNITED STATES

  • Arkansas Marriages – Part 3 – English – 59%
  • Michigan – 1920 US Federal Census – English – 8%
  • Minnesota 1895 State Census – English – 11%
  • New Jersey – 1920 US Federal Census – English – 18%
  • Rhode Island 1915 State Census – English – 2%

ARGENTINA

  • Argentina Censo 1869 – Cordoba y San Luis – Spanish – 81%
  • Argentina Censo 1869 – Corrientes y Entre Rios – Spanish – 13%

BELGIUM

  • Belgium – Antwerp Foreigners Index – English – 21%

CANADA

  • New Brunswick 1871 Census – English – 27%
  • Nova Scotia 1871 Census – English – 21%
  • Ontario 1861 Census – English – 84%

FRANCE

  • France, Coutances, Paroisses de la Manche – French – 9%

GERMANY

  • Brandenburg Kirchenbücher – German – 40%

ITALY

  • Trento Italy Baptism Records, 1784-1924 – Italian – 50%

MEXICO

  • Nayarit – Censo de Mexico de 1930 – English – 76%
  • Sonora – Censo de Mexico de 1930 – Spanish – 26%
  • Tabasco – Censo de Mexico de 1930 – Spanish – 23%

NICARAGUA

  • Nicaragua, Managua Civil Records – Spanish – 10%

NORWAY

  • Norway 1875 Census part 1 – Norwegian – 6%

PERU

  • Perú Lima-Registros Civiles – Spanish – 5%

RUSSIA

  • St Petersburg Kirchenbuchduplikat 1833-1885 – German – 1%
  • Ukraine Kyiv 1840-1842 – Russian – 5%

SPAIN

  • España Lugo Registros Parroquiales [Part 1] – Spanish 15%
  • España Ávila Registros Parroquiales – Spanish – 52%

UNITED KINGDOM

  • UK – Cheshire – Land Tax – English – 14%
  • UK – Cheshire – School Records – English – 17%
  • UK-Cheshire-Parish Records 01 – English – 3%

VENEZUELA

  • Venezuela Mérida Registros Parroquiales – Spanish – 1%

Current FamilySearch Affiliate Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion:

UNITED STATES

  • Arkansas Marriages IV – English – 37%
  • Indiana Marriages 1882-Apr 1905 – English – 73%
  • Ohio Tax Records – 2 of 4 – English – 68%
  • Vermont Militia Records – English – 23%

BELGIUM

  • Belgique – Registres Des Décès (Français) – French – 14%
  • België – Overlijdens Registers – In het Nederlands – Dutch, Flemish – 18%

CANADA

  • Nova Scotia Antigonish Church Records – English- 64%

GERMANY

  • Bremer Schifflisten – German – 32%

FLANDERS

  • Flanders Death Registration – French, Dutch, Flemish – 38%

Courtesy of Paul Nauta, Public Affairs Manager, FamilySearch

New at Family Tree Connection

The following small databases have been recently posted at Family Tree Connection.

CALIFORNIA

Mizpah Lodge No. 378, 1915 Roster – Mizpah Lodge No. 378 F. and A. M., Roster and By-Laws, 246 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, California.

Arcadia Lodge No. 547, 1929 Roster – Arcadia Lodge No. 547 F. and A. M., Masonic Temple, 135-E Huntington Drive, Arcadia, California. Officers and Members for 1929. Organized 1923.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

District of Columbia Soldiers’ Home 1905 Report – Annual Report of the Board of Commissioners of the Soldiers’ Home, District of Columbia, And Report of the Annual Inspection of the Home by the Inspector-General of the Army. August, 15, 1905. Washington. Includes a Necrology.

District of Columbia Soldiers’ Home 1898 Report – Annual Report of the Board of Commissioners of the Soldiers’ Home, District of Columbia, And Report of the Annual Inspection of the Home by the Inspector-General of the Army. October, 25, 1898. Washington. Includes a Necrology.

District of Columbia Soldiers’ Home 1895 Report – Annual Report of the Board of Commissioners of the Soldiers’ Home, District of Columbia, And Report of the Annual Inspection of the Home by the Inspector-General of the Army. October, 19, 1895. Washington. Includes a Necrology.

District of Columbia Soldiers’ Home 1899 Report – Annual Report of the Board of Commissioners of the Soldiers’ Home, District of Columbia, And Report of the Annual Inspection of the Home by the Inspector-General of the Army. October, 21, 1899. Washington. Includes a Necrology.

FLORIDA

Bradenton Tourist Club 1927-28 Year Book – Bradenton Tourist Club Year Book, 1927-1928, Florida. Includes membership by state.

INDIANA

Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine 1913 April – Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine, Volume 54, Number 4, April 1913. Includes a detailed Statement of Death and Disability Claims. Indianapolis, Ind.

MICHIGAN

Bethany Chapter, No. 92, OES 1925 By-Laws – By-Laws and List of Members of Bethany Chapter, No. 92, Order of the Eastern Star of Unionville, Michigan. [Lists names only]

MISSOURI

George Washington Lodge No. 9, 1909 Roster – Roster of George Washington Lodge No. 9, A. F. and A. M., St. Louis, Mo., Corinthian Hall, Masonic Temple. Chartered by the Grand Lodge of Missouri, 1849. July 15, 1909.

MONTANA

Montana State Orphans’ Home 1895 Report – Annual Report of the State Orphans’ Home of the State of Montana for the Year 1895. Twin Bridges, Montana, December 10th, 1895. Includes Names of Children Admitted and Employees.

NEW JERSEY

New Jersey Department of Health 1917 Report – Forty-First Annual Report of the Department of Health of the State of New Jersey, 1917. Includes list of Licensed Health Officers and Sanitary Inspectors.

NEW YORK

Univ. of Rochester 1897-8 Catalogue – Forty-Eighth Annual Catalogue of the University of Rochester, 1897-98. Rochester, N. Y.

Univ. of Rochester 1895-6 Catalogue – Forty-Sixth Annual Catalogue of the University of Rochester, 1895-96. Rochester, N. Y.

Univ. of Rochester 1893-4 Catalogue – Forty-Fourth Annual Catalogue of the University of Rochester, 1893-94. Rochester, N. Y.

Univ. of Rochester 1891-2 Catalogue – Forty-Second Annual Catalogue of the University of Rochester, 1891-92. Rochester, N. Y.

Fatherless Children of France 1917 Report – The Fatherless Children of France, Annual Report for Year Ending December 31, 1917. Executive Office, 665 Fifth Avenue, New York City. Includes list of Officers and Directors.

OHIO

Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine 1916 April – Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine, Volume 60, Number 4, April 1916. Includes a detailed Statement of Death and Disability Claims. Columbus, Ohio.

Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine 1916 January – Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine, Volume 60, Number 1, January 1916. Includes a detailed Statement of Death and Disability Claims. Columbus, Ohio.

Homer Academy 1920-21 Catalogue – University of the State of New York, Homer Academy and Union School, One Hundred and First Year of Academy, Forty-Seventh Year of Union School. Annual Catalogue and Alumni Directory, 1920-1921, Homer, New York.

Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine 1914 August – Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine, Volume 57, Number 2, August 1914. Includes a detailed Statement of Death and Disability Claims. Columbus, Ohio.

Western Reserve Academy 1887-8 Catalogue – Catalogue of Western Reserve Academy, Hudson, Ohio, 1887-88, Under the Direction of Western Reserve University.

Western Reserve College 1854-5 Catalogue – Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Western Reserve College, Hudson, Ohio, for the Academical Year 1854-5.

Marietta College 1846-7 Catalogue – Catalogue of the Officers and Students in Marietta College, 1846-7. Also includes listing for Marietta Academy.

OREGON

Oregon Soldiers’ Home 1909-10 Report – Ninth Biennial Report of the Oregon Soldiers’ Home for the Years 1909-1910. Twenty-Sixth Legislative Assembly, Regular Session, 1911. Roseburg, Oregon, Nov. 30, 1910.

PENNSYLVANIA

Columbus Lodge, No. 75 I.O.O.F. 1850 By-Laws – Constitution, By-Laws, &c., of Columbus Lodge No. 75, of the I. O. of O. F., Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Instituted March the 31st, 1842. Revised September, 1850.

Doylestown Township 1920 Enrollment List – Enrollment List of All the Male Persons Subject to do Military Duty Residing in Doylestown Township, Bucks County, PA. for the Year A. D. 1920. [Handwritten Document]

VIRGINIA

Blackstone Academy 1913 Catalogue – Catalogue of Blackstone Academy, Blackstone, Virginia, 1913.

WASHINGTON

Ionic Lodge No. 90, 1922 Roster – Roster and By-Laws of Ionic Lodge No. 90 F. and A. M., Instituted October 14, 1892. Masonic Temple, Pine Street and Harvard Avenue, Seattle, Washington, 1922.

UNKNOWN LOCATION

Asheboro St. School 1913 Photo of 4th Grade – 4th Grade 1913 Asheboro St. School. Miss Edna Gilliand, Teacher. This picture belongs to: Mr. A. A. Perkins. [Location of school unknown]

St. Nicholas League Prize Competitions (1916-1917) – Prize Competitions Nos. 201-206, extracted from St. Nicholas, An Illustrated Magazine for Boys and Girls, Volume XLIV, Part I, November, 1916, to April, 1917. The St. Nicholas League awards gold and silver badges each month for the best original poems, stories, drawings, photographs, puzzles and puzzle answers. Also, occasionally, cash prizes to Honor Members, when the contribution printed is of unusual merit.

Family Search Indexing Update

The following Family Search Indexing update information was received from Paul Nauta, Public Affairs Manager for FamilySearch.

February 6, 2009: FamilySearch volunteers wrapped up 14 online indexing projects already in 2009 and continue to make good progress on the 38 open projects. There are two new projects from the 1930 Mexico Census this week, and the Colorado 1920 U.S. Census project is also new.

As FamilySearch continues to expand into international record collections, there is a growing, continual need for indexers who can read the respective languages. Even if a volunteer can only dedicate a few hours a month to an indexing project, when multiplied by thousands of online volunteers, small contributions of time by individuals can have a significant impact. Volunteers can register and participate immediately at www.familysearchindexing.org.

I have rearranged the following data by category.

RECENTLY COMPLETED PROJECTS
Recently completed projects are those that have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process in preparation for future publication.

UNITED STATES VITAL RECORDS

  • Arkansas Marriages [Part 1]
  • Massachusetts Death Records 1906-1915
  • New Hampshire Early to 1900 Births

UNITED STATES 1870 CENSUS

  • Kentucky– 1870 US Census (Part 2)

UNITED STATES 1920 CENSUS

  • Arizona – 1920 US Federal Census
  • Illinois – 1920 US Census
  • Florida – 1920 US Census
  • Massachusetts– 1920 US Federal Census

CANADA 1861 CENSUS

  • New Brunswick 1861 Census
  • Nova Scotia 1861 Census
  • Prince Edward Island 1861 Census

MEXICO 1930 CENSUS

  • Guanajuato – 1930 Mexico Census
  • Guerrero – Censo de Mexico de 1930
  • Queretaro – Censo de Mexico de 1930

CURRENT PROJECTS, RECORD LANGUAGE, AND PERCENT OF COMPLETION STATUS

UNITED STATES MILITIA RECORDS

  • Vermont Militia Records – English – 15%

UNITED STATES VITAL RECORDS

  • Arkansas Marriages – Part 3 – English – 27%
  • Arkansas Marriages 4 – English 34%
  • Massachusetts Marriage Records 1906-1915 – English – 84%
  • New Hampshire – Early to 1900 Deaths – English – 83%

UNITED STATES TAX RECORDS

  • Ohio Tax Records – 2 of 4 – ENGLISH – 66%

UNITED STATES – STATE CENSUSES

  • Florida 1885 Census – English – 26%
  • Florida 1935 Census – English – 67%
  • Massachusetts – 1855 State Census – English – 76%
  • Massachusetts – 1865 State Census – English – 33%

UNITED STATES 1920 CENSUS

  • Arkansas – 1920 US Federal Census – English – 32%
  • Colorado – 1920 US Federal Census – English – NEW
  • Connecticut – 1920 US Federal Census – English – 55%

ARGENTINA CENSUS

  • Argentina Censo 1869 – Buenos Aires 2 – Spanish – 84%
  • Argentina Censo 1869 – Cordoba y San Luis – Spanish – 55%

BELGIUM

  • Belgique – Registres Des Décès (Français) – French – 14% – (Death Registers)
  • België – Overlijdens Registers – In het Nederlands – Dutch, Flemish – 14% (Death Registers)
  • Belgium – Antwerp Foreigners Index – English – 17%

CANADA

  • Nova Scotia Antigonish Church Records – English – 52%
  • Ontario 1861 Census – English – 20%

FLANDERS (in present-day Belgium, France, and the Netherlands)

  • Flanders Death Registration – French, Dutch, Flemish – 37%

FRANCE

  • France, Coutances, Paroisses de la Manche (church records) – French – 8%

GERMANY

  • Brandenburg Kirchenbücher (church books) – German – 35% – This percentage refers to a specific portion of a larger project.
  • Bremer Schifflisten (Bremen ship lists) – German – 20%

MEXICO

  • Nayarit – Censo de Mexico de 1930 – Spanish – 12%
  • Sonora – Censo de Mexico de 1930 – Spanish – NEW
  • Tabasco – Censo de Mexico de 1930 – Spanish – NEW
  • Tlaxcala – Censo de Mexico de 1930 – Spanish – 82%

UNITED KINGDOM

  • UK – Cheshire – Church Records – English – 51%
  • UK – Cheshire – Land Tax – English – 9%
  • UK – Cheshire – School Records – English – 4%

UKRAINE

  • Ukraine Kyiv 1840-1842 – Russian – 1%

VENEZUELA

  • Venezuela Mérida Registros Parroquiales (church records) – Spanish – 1%

NICARAGUA

  • Nicaragua, Managua Civil Records – Spanish – 9%

NORWAY

  • Norway 1875 Census part 1 – Norwegian – 2%

RUSSIA

  • St Petersburg Kirchenbuchduplikat 1833-1885 – German – 1%

SPAIN

  • España Lugo Registros Parroquiales (church records) [Part 1] – Spanish – 15%
    España Ávila Registros Parroquiales (church records) Spanish – 16%