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.

Ancestry World Archives Project Update

The following announcement is from Anastasia Tyler, PR and Events Manager at Ancestry.com:

The Ancestry World Archives Project is a collaborative effort that has allowed thousands of people around the world help to post-returnspreserve history that might otherwise be lost. All records indexed through this effort are available for free to the public. Would you like to give back to the genealogy community?

The following projects were published for keying this past month:

The following projects recently completed keying and are now going through internal quality checks and preparation for posting online:

  • New South Wales, Orphan School Admission Applications and Registers
  • Gateshead, Durham, England, Roll of Honour
  • Perthshire, Scotland, School of Registers
  • Perthshire, Scotland, Militia Survey, 1802
  • Chalmers Biographical Dictionary
  • Lübeck Volkszählung 1831 (Lübeck Census 1831)

Want to see a full list of all active keying projects as well as their current progress to completion? Visit the World Archives Project dashboard.

We’re excited to have signed project partnerships deals with more than 20 genealogical societies and organizations, including the New England Historic Genealogical Society, to sponsor specific projects. Visit our project partners page for a full list of partners.

FamilySearch Indexing Updates

28 September 2009: Volunteers with Rhode Island roots will be excited about the new indexing projects this week. The Familysearch IndexingRhode Island 1905 and 1935 State Censuses were added. New international projects for Argentina, Germany, Philippines, Spain, and the U.K. were also added.

Note: the links within the charts won’t work as they are just images in this case.

New International Projects in the Past Week

  • Argentina, Cordoba—Matrimonios, 1642–1931
  • Deutschland, Mecklenburg—Volkszählung, 1890 Div 39–69
  • España, Avila, Madrigal y Garganta—Registros Parroquiales, 1530–1935
  • Philippines, Lingayen, Dagupan—Registros Parroquiales, 1615–1982
  • U.K., Warwickshire—Parish Registers, 1754-1900 [Part 2]

New U.S.A. Projects in the Past Week

  • Georgia—1920 Federal Census
  • Indiana, Brown County—Marriages, 1811–1959
  • Kansas—1920 Federal Census
  • Kentucky—1920 Federal Census
  • Rhode Island—1905 State Census [Part 1]
  • Rhode Island—1935 State Census

(See the chart below for a complete list and current status of all indexing 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 in preparation for future publication.)

  • Belgium, Flanders—Deaths, 1796–1900
  • Jamaica, Trelawny—Births, 1878–1930
  • Perú, Lima—Registros Civiles, 1910-1930 [Parte 2]
  • U.K., Warwickshire—Parish Registers, 1538–Present [Part 1]
  • U.S., Idaho—1920 Federal Census
  • U.S., Indiana, Ohio County—Marriages, 1811–1959
  • U.S., Iowa—1920 Federal Census
  • U.S., West Virginia—1920 Federal Census
  • U.S., Wisconsin—1920 Federal Census

Current FamilySearch Indexing Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion
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(*Percentage refers to a specific portion of a larger project.)

Current FamilySearch Partner Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion
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(*Percentage refers to a specific portion of a larger project.)

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.

International Databases Grow at FamilySearch Pilot Site

The following news release is courtesy of Paul Nauta, FamilySearch:

28 September 2009 – Family researchers seeking their Mexican heritage have two million new records at their fingertips this week with an update to the 1930 Census collection. There are also new indexes and images for France, Italy, Slovakia, Argentina, and the United States. These collections can be searched for free at the FamilySearch.org Record Search pilot (click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot).

Special thanks to the online volunteers who help make these collections freely available by donating a few minutes of their time or talents through the FamilySearch Indexingprogram.

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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.

Recently Completed and Current FamilySearch Indexing Projects

The following are three data sets are recently completed projects that have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a FamilySearch Indexing Update final completion check process in preparation for future publication:

  • Argentina Censo 1869—Catamarca y La Rioja
  • Minnesota—1920 U.S. Federal Census
  • Minnesota Probate Court Wills 1849–1918

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

INTERNATIONAL

  • Argentina, Buenos Aires 1855 Census; Spanish; 28%
  • Argentina Censo 1869—Corrientes y Entre Rios; Spanish; 87%
  • Argentina Censo 1869—Jujuy Salta Tucuman; Spanish; New
  • Austria, Wiener Meldezettel, 1890–1925; German; 1%
  • Belgium, Antwerp Foreigners Index, 1840–1930; Dutch, Flemish; 36%
  • Canada, British Columbia Births, 1854–1903; English; New
  • France Registres Protestants, 1612–1906 [Part 1]; French,; New
  • France Registres Protestants, 1612–1906 [Part 2]; French; New
  • France, Coutances, Paroisses de la Manche, 1792–1906; French; New
  • France, Paroisses de Cherbourg, 1802–1907; French; New
  • France, Paroisses de Coutances, 1802–1907; French; New
  • France, Paroisses de Saint-Lo, 1802–1907; French; New
  • Germany, Brandenburg Kirchenbücher, 1789–1875; German; 61%
  • Germany, Mecklenburg 1890 Volkszählung, Div 24–38; German; 12%
  • Italy, Trento Baptism Records, 1784–1924; Italian; 75%
  • Mexico, Censo de 1930—Sinaloa; Spanish; 95%
  • Mexico, Censo de 1930—Tamaulipas; Spanish; 54%
  • Mexico, Censo de 1930—Yucatan; Spanish; 16%
  • Nicaragua, Managua Civil Records, 1879–Present; Spanish; 44%*
  • Peru, Lima—Registros Civiles, 1910–1930; Spanish; 24%
  • Russia, St. Petersburg Kirchenbuchduplikat, 1833–1885; German; 1%
  • Spain, Avila, Moraleja de Matacabras, 1540–1904; Spanish; 19%
  • Spain, Lugo—Registros Parroquiales [Part 1], 1530–1930; Spanish; 18%
  • U.K., Cheshire—Land Tax, 1778–1832; English; 92%
  • U.K., Warwickshire Parish Registers, 1538–Present; English; 1%
  • Ukraine, Kyiv, 1840–1842; Russian; 17%
  • Venezuela, Mérida Registros Parroquiales. 1654–1992; Spanish; 15%

UNITED STATES

  • Arkansas County Marriages VI, 1837–1957; English; 15%
  • Arkansas County Marriages V, 1837–1957; English; 93%
  • Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1916–1922 [Part 1]; English; 83%
  • Indiana, Adams County Marriages, 1811–1959; English; 3%
  • Indiana, Allen County Marriages, 1811–1959; English; 4%
  • Indiana, Blackford County Marriages 1811–1959; English; 24%
  • Mississippi—1920 U.S. Federal Census; English; 67%
  • New York 1905 State Census; English; 13%
  • North Dakota—1920 U.S. Federal Census; English; New
  • South Carolina—1920 U.S. Federal Census; English; New

*Percentage refers to a specific portion of a larger project.

Current FamilySearch Partner Projects, Record Language, & Percent Completion

INTERNATIONAL

  • Belgique—Registres Des Décès—En Français, 1796–1910; French; 21%*
  • Belgique— Registres Des Décès—Charleroi, 1851–1900; French; 21%
  • België—Overlijdens Registers—In het Nederlands, 1796–1910; Dutch, Flemish; 84%*
  • België—Overlijdens Registers—Kalmthout, 1851–1900; Dutch, Flemish; 17%
  • België—Overlijdens Registers—Mechelen, 1851–1900; Dutch, Flemish; 6%
  • Canada – Nova Scotia, Antigonish Church Records, 1823–1905; English; 81%
  • Flanders Death Registration, 1796–1900; French, Dutch, Flemish 79%*
  • Germany – Bremer Schifflisten, 1904–1914; German; 53%
  • Norway 1875 Census [Part 1]; Norwegian; 31%

UNITED STATES

  • Arkansas Marriages IV, 1837–1957; English; 31%
  • Indiana Marriages, 1882 to April 1905; Englsih; 89%
  • Ohio Tax Records—2 of 4, Post 1825; Englsih; 76%
  • Ohio Tax Records—3 of 4, Post 1825; English; New
  • Vermont Militia Records, 1861–1867; English; 39%

*Percentage refers to a specific portion of a larger project.

Current FamilySearch Regional Projects, Record Language, & Percent Completion
(These projects are being indexed by volunteers in specific areas of the world.)

  • Australia, Sydney Cemetery Inscriptions, 1800–1960; English; 4%
  • Australia, Victoria Probate Records, 1853–1989; English; 63%
  • Canada, British Columbia Marriages, 1859–1932; English; 5%
  • Canada, Quebec—Trois-Rivières IC, 1800–1900; French; 48%

Thanks to Paul Nauta for the above data.

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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.

Photographed Damaged Building in L’Aquila is the Prefettura – and Not Archives as Reported

I’ve blogged twice about the destruction in Italy several days back. Once soon after the earthquake happened, with a photo of the purported State Archives, and later with further updates.

In a phone conversation this morning with Anthony Alioto, with Italianlaw.net, in San Francisco, he informed me that the picture referencing the flattened building in L’Aquila, Italy is the Prefettura and NOT the Archivio di Stato in L’aquila. He’s promised to send further information soon. Typically, we are at the mercy of the news media as deals with these things, and it’s always helpful to speak with others that may have more information. He left a comment on this blog today explaining a bit about the Prefettura, which is a governmental office unfamiliar to most Americans.

Note that while watching reports of the devastation on Fox News the day following the quake, I would swear that I saw a crumbled building – the facade still standing, but cracked something awful, that had the word “Archive” or something close to that on the front of the building… I’ve not seen a picture of that building since.

All Kinds of Cool New Stuff Happening at FamilySearch Indexing!

familysearch-logo-4-7-091 There are many new, upcoming, and completed indexing projects to report in this update from Paul Nauta, with FamilySearch. Twelve of the projects below are new (see Current Projects). Included are three Belgian and two Argentina projects. The New York 1892 State Census project is exciting! New York has some of the best state censuses and it’s great to see them indexed and digitized!

CURRENT FAMILYSEARCH INDEXING PROJECTS, RECORD LANGUAGE & % COMPLETE
UNITED STATES – VITAL RECORDS

  • Arkansas County Marriages V – English – 20% complete
  • Illinois, Cook County Birth Registers – English – (New)

UNITED STATES – FEDERAL CENSUS RECORDS

  • Missouri–1920 US Federal Census – English – (New)
  • Nevada–1920 US Federal Census – English – 89% complete
  • New Mexico–1920 US Federal Census – English – 75% complete

UNITED STATES –STATE CENSUS RECORDS

  • Minnesota 1895 State Census – English – 74% complete
  • New York 1892 State Census – English – (New) complete
  • Rhode Island 1925 State Census – English- (New) complete

ARGENTINA

  • Argentina, Buenos Aires 1855 Census – Spanish – (New)
  • Argentina Censo 1869–Catamarca y La Rioja – Spanish – (New)
  • Argentina Censo 1869–Corrientes y Entre Rios – Spanish – 44% complete

AUSTRALIA

  • Australia NSW Newspaper Cuttings – English – 88% complete

BELGIUM

  • Belgium–Antwerp Foreigners Index – Dutch, Flemish – 27% complete

GERMANY

  • Brandenburg Kirchenbücher – German – 49% complete

SPAIN

  • España, Lugo–Registros Parroquiales [Part 1] – Spanish – 16% complete
  • España, Ávila–Registros Parroquiales – Spanish – 78% complete

FRANCE

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

GERMANY

  • St Petersburg Church Records 1833-1885 – German – 1% complete

ITALY

  • Italy, Trento Baptism Records, 1784-1924 – Italian – 60% complete

MEXICO CENSUS

  • Mexico Censo de 1930–Sinaloa Spanish – (New)
  • Mexico Censo de 1930–Sonora – Spanish – 88%
  • Mexico Censo de 1930–Tabasco – Spanish – 70% complete
  • Mexico Censo de 1930–Tamaulipas – Spanish – (New)

NICARAGUA

  • Nicaragua, Managua Civil Records – Spanish – 13% complete

NORWAY

  • Norway 1875 Census part 1 -Norwegian – 10% complete

PERU

  • Perú, Lima–Registros Civiles – Spanish – 10% complete

UNITED KINGDOM

  • UK, Cheshire–Land Tax – English – 58% complete
  • UK, Cheshire–School Records – English – 44% complete

UKRAINE

  • Ukraine Kyiv 1840-1842 – Russian – 10% complete

VENEZUELA

  • Venezuela Mérida Registros Parroquiales – Spanish – 1% complete

CURRENT FAMILYSEARCH PARTNER PROJECTS

UNITED STATES

  • Arkansas Marriages IV – English – (New)
  • Indiana Marriages, 1882 to Apr 1905 – English – 82% complete
  • Indiana Marriage Returns, 1882 to April 1905 – English – 31% complete
  • Ohio Tax Records–2 of 4 – English – 71% complete
  • Vermont Militia Records – English – 37% complete

AUSTRALIA

  • Australia–Victoria Probate Records – English – 31% complete

BELGIUM

  • Belgique–Registres des Décès – Charleroi 1851-1900 – Dutch, Flemish – (New)
  • Belgique–Registres Des Décès (Français) – French – 21% complete
  • België–Overlijdens Registers–In het Nederlands – Dutch, Flemish – 74% complete
  • België–Overlijdens Registers–Kalmthout 1851-1900 – Dutch, Flemish (New) complete
  • België–Overlijdens Registers–Mechelen 1851-1900 – Dutch, Flemish (New) complete

GERMANY

  • Bremer, Schifflisten – German – 42% complete

FLANDERS

  • Flanders Death Registration – French, Dutch, Flemish – 76% complete

CANADA

  • Nova Scotia, Antigonish Church Records – English – 72% complete

UPCOMING INDEXING PROJECTS
These projects are currently being created. Dates when indexing is scheduled to begin will vary.

UNITED STATES

  • Arkansas Marriages VI
  • Arkansas Marriages VII
  • Chicago Archdiocese Cemetery Records 1 (1864-1989)
  • Freedmen Marriages
  • Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates 1
  • Indiana, Allen County Marriages 1811-1959

AUSTRALIA

  • Australia, Bounty Immigrants, 1824-1842
  • Australia, Greenwich, Genealogical Records

AUSTRIA

  • Austria, Vienna Population Cards

BRAZIL

  • Brazil, Pernambuco Civil Register 1900-1920
  • Brazil, Rio de Janeiro Marriages 1900-1920

CANADA

  • Canada, British Columbia Birth 1854-1903
  • Canada, British Columbia Marriages

CZECH

  • Czech, Litomerice Church Records – Part 1 1552-1905

GERMANY

  • Germany, Baden Church Books 1810-1869
  • Germany, Mecklenburg 1890 Census

JAMAICA

  • Jamaica, Trelawny Births

PERU

  • Peru, Lima Civil Register Index 1910-1930

RECENTLY COMPLETED PROJECTS
These 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.

UNITED STATES

  • Arkansas Marriages III
  • Michigan–1920 US Federal Census
  • New Brunswick 1871 Census
  • New Hampshire–1920 US Federal Census
  • New Jersey–1920 US Federal Census
  • Rhode Island 1915 State Census

ARGENTINA

  • Argentina 1869 Census–Cordoba y San Luis

MEXICO

  • Nayarit–Censo de Mexico de 1930

CANADA

  • Nova Scotia–1871 Census
  • Ontario–1861 Census

UNITED KINGDOM

  • UK – Cheshire Parish Registers part 1

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Crumbled Cultural & Historic Sites in Italian Earthquake May Get Outside-the-Country Aid

death-in-the-mountains Over the last two days, I’ve been blogging the tragic loss of lives (now up to 260, including 16 children), and historic structures in the area of L’Aquila, Italy. I’m finding that most of the reporting, as well as the emergency aid, has centered on L’Aquila. However, the smaller communities in the area have taken a heavy toll themselves. It is now reported that 10,000 to 15,000 buildings were either damaged or destroyed in the 26 cities, towns and villages around L’Aquila, the regional capital of Abruzzo.

I could find no new information this morning as deals with the State Archives in L’Aquila. We know it was destroyed, but nothing more beyond what was posted in my earlier blog has come to light.

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has said that other countries may help Italy rebuild cultural sites destroyed in the earthquake.

Berlusconi said he had discussed with some foreign leaders a plan for individual governments to offer to pay for the restoration of an individual church or cultural heritage site that had been damaged or destroyed.

Berlusconi went on to say, “The site could then be re-named after the nation that helped restore it, for example ‘The American Church’.”

  • The earthquake devastated some of the country’s lesser known but equally precious ancient churches and slightly damaged the Roman Baths of Caracalla, 100 km (60 miles) from the epicenter.
  • The Culture Ministry said the quake had partially destroyed at least four Romanesque and Renaissance churches and a 16th century castle.
  • Part of the nave of the Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio, one of the area’s best-known churches, collapsed. This structure, with its beautiful decorated pink-and-white facade combining Romanesque and Gothic architecture, hosted the crowning of Pope Celestine V in 1294.
  • The bell tower of the lavish Renaissance Basilica of San Bernardino crumbled.

L’Aquila has a history of earthquakes and was nearly wiped off the map in one, back in 1703.

See my earlier blog.

See: Countries may help Italy rebuild cultural sites at Reuters

See: Berlusconi Takes Command in Wake of Deadly Earthquake (Update2) (Bloomberg)

See: More bodies pulled from quake rubble – AP

See: Death in the Mountains – The Economist

State Archives in L’Aquila, Italy Destroyed in Quake

UPDATE: April 7, 2009: The full extent of the destruction of historic buildings, churches, archives, and such in the area of the regional capital of L’Aquila is impossible to gauge at this time. It’s said that getting around in the city of 80,000 is nearly impossible, due to rubble. The death toll is now over 180, with 1500 wounded, and 17,000 homeless. Many have taken shelter with friends, otherwise this number would be much higher. A tent-city is set up on the outskirts of the community.

Officials in Rome reported that the quake damaged the Baths of Caracalla, one of the most imposing ancient Roman ruins in the Italian capital, some 60 miles west of the epicenter.

News agency, ANSA, reported that the Porta Napoli, built in 1548 in honor of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, was destroyed.

See additional links at the end of this blog.

April 6, 2009: Today’s earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy, reported to have killed 150 people, if not more, also caused tremendous damage to the medieval city’s historic structures. In just a quick Internet search, I found the following damage being reported:

  • The apse of the Abruzzo city’s largest Romanesque church, the 13th-century Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio, had collapsed ”from the L'Aquila State Archive Collapse - Reuters photos via the New York Timestransept to the back of the church.”
  • The Porta Napoli, the oldest and most beautiful gate to the city built in 1548 in honour of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, was destroyed in the quake.
  • The National Museum of Abruzzo, housed in the 16th-century castle, the Museum unified the collections of the civic and diocesan museums as well as a private collection of paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries and includes a beautifully preserved fossilised skeleton of a prehistoric elephant found near the town in the 1950s. The castle suffered a collapse on its third floor and is too dangerous to enter.
  • The cupola of the 17th-century Anime Sante church and the bell tower of L’Aquila’s largest Renaissance church, San Bernardino da Siena, fell in the quake.
  • The cupola of the 18th-century Baroque church of St Augustine collapsed, flattening the prefecture that held L’Aquila’s state archives.
  • The bell tower of the Basilica of San Bernardino has collapsed and its apse was seriously damaged.
  • The church of Anime Sante in Piazza Duomo no longer has a dome.

Click on the photo above for more pictures on the New York Times website.

See: http://www.italoeuropeo.it/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1612&Itemid=106

See: http://www.agi.it/italy/news/200904060922-cro-ren0002-art.html

See video: http://news.google.com/news?pz=1&ned=us&hl=en&q=Italy+State+Archive

Thanks to Tom Kemp, who earlier this afternoon, Twittered about the collapse of the Archivo di Stato (State Archive) in L’Aquila, Italy. He quickly posted a blog about it on the GenealogyBank blog.

UPDATE – April 7: See: Damage to Historical Monuments ‘Significant” – in the New York Times

See: Italians Comb Through Rubble – in the New York Times.

“We Shall Not Stay Long” – The Story of Swiss-Italian Migrations

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swissinfo has launched an interactive, multimedia special [website] aimed at people whose ancestors left Italian-speaking Switzerland for a better life abroad.

The second half of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th was a period of great upheaval as millions of Europeans migrated to North and South America and Australia. Italian-speaking regions of Switzerland were profoundly affected.

“We shall not stay long” includes background texts, interviews with experts and multimedia reports investigating the conditions that led to the migrations, the eventual journey into the unknown for tens of thousands and the world these “emigranti” would eventually find.

Interactive elements include a blog, picture upload, and genealogical database and are designed to bring together people with a common heritage – regardless of what part of the world they now live in.

Read the full article about the new “We Shall Not Stay Long” website in the March 5, 2009 edition of swissinfo.ch.

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

Nancy Pelosi Receives Her Grandparents’ Italian Birth Certificates

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi received a gift Monday from her counterpart in the Italian legislature – the birth certificates of her grandparents.

”We know how proud you are of your Italian roots,” said Chamber of Deputies Speaker Gianfranco Fini as he presented thenancypelosi birth records of Pelosi’s Abruzzo-born grandfather and her Liguria-born grandmother, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

From the February 16, 2009 edition of The Post Chronicle.

Read more about it in the February 16, 2009 edition of MarketWatch.com.

European Focus Puts European Village Photography Online

My friend, Jim Derheim has launched an archive of his photos online at www.europeanfocus.com. To see his work, click on the tab that says “Ancestral Villages Photography” (illustration below). It is visible at the upper right side of the page.

Since the site is a work in progress, there is also a full list of towns that Jim has photographed, most of which are not yet scanned. Go to: http://www.europeanfocus.com/europe/photos/ancestor-village-photos.html
On the right side of the page is a column titled: European Village Photo Archives.” Click on your country of interest. Following are direct links:

Jim is scanning and adding adding images every day. It’s his goal to eventually have representative images of all of the more than 2,500 locations that he has photographed since 1990 in the online Archives.

The DNA Says the Tuscans of Central Italy are Not Descended from the Etruscans

You would think that where you have a civilization – seemingly living in an area for millennia – that DNA tests would show that them to be descended from ancient burials in the area. It seems this doesn’t hold true in central Italy.

“For the first time, Stanford researchers have used novel statistical computer modeling to simulate demographic processes affecting the population of Tuscany over a 2,500-year time span. Rigorous tests used by the researchers have ruled out a genetic link between ancient Etruscans, the early inhabitants of central Italy, and the region’s modern day residents.

“The findings suggest that something either suddenly wiped out the Etruscans or the group represented a social elite that had little in common with the people who became the true ancestors of Tuscans, said Joanna Mountain, assistant professor of anthropological science…

“The Etruscans are the only preclassical European population to date that has been genetically analyzed… Two years ago, Italian geneticists extracted maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA from the bones of 27 people called Etruscans found in six different necropolises (burial sites) in Tuscany. The female lineage was investigated because, unlike the male Y chromosome, many copies of mitochondrial DNA are found in each cell and thus are easier to extract… The data represent one of the best collections of ancient human DNA in existence. If you get DNA out of one bone, you can try to say something about the past… But they managed to get DNA out of quite a few bones. The DNA of 49 people living in the region today was also sampled. Although data from the two groups revealed several differences…, the researchers could not interpret if these were meaningful or significant…”

Read the full article in the May 17 edition of the Stanford University website. http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2006/may17/mountain-051706.html