Monday, January 22, 2018

Monday Genea-Pourri - 22 January 2018

Here are some of my family history and genealogy related activities over the past week:

1)  I participated in the Family History Fanatics webinar on Friday, 19 January, and presented my "Discovering Jane's Roots in California, Australia and England."  Webinars are different for the presenter - there is no audience to observe and react to.  I have no clue how many folks fell asleep.

2)  Today's Mondays With Myrt on covered a lot of ground (as usual) - the new Study Groups, the Member Trees indexing and sourcing issue, MyHeritageDNA tests and mcorrespondence with matches, and Trello for a white board.

3)  I received a new 3rd to 5th cousin DNA match on MyHeritageDNA, and it contains a Lanfear in Jefferson County, N.Y.  My 2nd great-grandfather Devier J. (Lamphier) Smith (1839-1894) was adopted by Ranslow and Mary (Bell) Smith in about 1840.  I wrote about this in 
A Ray of DNA Hope for my Lamphier/Lanfear Mystery.

4)  GenealogyBank has 273 "Recent Obituaries" for persons in Massachusetts with the last name of Seaver.  There are 18,077 in all states, and 395 in California.  I checked the first 45 in Massachusetts and added the text and source citation to my RootsMagic database.  I sometimes find a maiden name of a spouse and find names for children and their spouses.  There are a few Seaver persons for whom I don't have a profile in my RootsMagic database.  I need to continue mining this data.  

5)  One of my society colleagues asked my help in finding the parents of one of her close DNA matches.  She is corresponding with the match, who was adopted, but knew some of the information about her parents from family papers of some sort.  I think I've found the birth parents and identified several siblings through birth record indexes.  I think I've found a 2009 address and phone number for them other also.

6)  I have 268 Shared Ancestors on my AncestryDNA list (I had 2662 last week), 700 4th cousins or closer (up from 692 last week), 596 pages (over 29,750 matches with at least 5 cM) (was 585 pages last week) of  matches.  I have 14 DNA Circles (no change for weeks). There were no new close matches (3rd cousin or closer).

7)  I have 2,247 DNA Matches on MyHeritage (up from 2,089 last week) with at least 8 cM (0.1%).  There was one new close match (3rd cousin or better) this week - see 3) above). 

8)  I have 1,150 DNA Relatives on 23andMe (down from 1,154 last week) who share at least 0.10% with me.  Of these, only 1 shares 1.0% or more, 22 share 0.50% or more (was 35 last week), with the highest being 1.54%. 

9)  I have 2,272 autosomal DNA Matches on FamilyTreeDNA (up from 2,256) who share 0.25% (18 cM) or more, with the highest match being 1.42% (96 cM).  I have 12 who share at least 1.0% (68 cM) with me, and 1224 who share at least 0.50% (34 cM) or more with me.  I have had better luck finding shared ancestors with a few of these testers.

10)  There were almost daily sessions working in RootsMagic to update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and other ancestral families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 21,997 of my persons with FSFT.  I now have 49,537 persons in my RootsMagic file.   I TreeShare almost every night.  There were also several sessions in Ancestry Hints to add content and source citations for the new RootsMagic profile additions.   I've fallen behind on the Record Hints with 55,325 waiting to be resolved, but I'm working on it.  Every time I add something to RootsMagic and TreeShare, the Hints multiply.  


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What's Coming From FamilySearch in 2018

I received this information from FamilySearch this morning:


What's Coming from FamilySearch in 2018

Salt Lake City, Utah (22 January 2018), FamilySearch is a global leader in fun, online family history services with over 9 million users in 2017. In 2018 FamilySearch will be expanding its free site and services by adding new family discoveries, more online connections, expanded global reach, and millions of new sources to search. (Find and share this announcement online from the FamilySearch Newsroom).

1.   Personalized Home Page
Refinements to the FamilySearch personalized home page will enable signed-in patrons to make many more new discoveries and easily engage with their family trees.

As new photos, stories, or documents are added by other members of the family, they will be shown on your personalized home page and prioritized based on relevance. You will also be able to see new additions as relatives add them.

Enjoy more adaptive, relevant FamilySearch Record Hints. As millions of new records are added to FamilySearch weekly, the search engine maps them with your family tree. FamilySearch will specifically begin looking for new ancestor record sources you don’t already have in your tree. It will be easier than ever to add them. 

Relevant ancestor event notifications, if you want, will be able to prompt you throughout the year regarding relevant dates in the lives of your ancestors. These can be great nudges to learn more about your forbears.

2.   Historical Records
FamilySearch will digitally preserve over 400 million images in 2018 and publish the majority of them online. It will also add hundreds of millions of indexed, searchable names in historical records, thus making it easier and faster to find your ancestors. 

New additions will include prominent international collections from Europe, Central and South America, and the United States. New images will first be accessible in the FamilySearch Catalog Viewer. Once they are indexed or have additional metadata, they'll be published in the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.

3.   Online Discovery Experiences
FamilySearch will introduce fun, new personal “discovery” experiences online and in additional physical locations in 2018. The online experiences will be similar to the popular attractions currently found in select FamilySearch Family Discovery Centers.

4.    Family Tree
Refinements to the FamilySearch Family Tree in 2018 will extend its reach globally to more devices through improved language support and making the service faster and easier to navigate in lower bandwidth regions of the world.

An underlying goal of the FamilySearch Family Tree is to ensure new developments regarding data are always converging towards more accuracy and completeness.

An upcoming feature will help improve collaboration while encouraging more sound edits and discouraging poor edits to good data.    

5.  Family Tree Mobile App
FamilySearch will continue to update its FamilySearch Family Tree app and mobile experiences, which extend the website's functionality. Currently, the robust app has 90 percent of the functionality of the web feature.

The app will provide fun, location-based experiences for making family discoveries wherever you happen to be. The popular 2017 “Relatives Around Me” feature allowed crowds or groups to discover who in the crowd was related to them and how.

New experiences in 2018 will build upon this, allowing interaction based on your proximity to people or locations with which you have a personal ancestral relationship.

The app will also continue to enhance the research capabilities of the mobile experience, including a new Research Mode that will allow multiple windows to be opened simultaneously to facilitate multitasking and research from within the app.

6.    Memories
Individuals are now uploading millions of family photos and documents for free permanent storage at FamilySearch. In 2018, patrons will be able to add multiple photos to a family story, rather than just one.

The FamilySearch Tree Fan Chart will help patrons, at a glance, easily discover areas in their tree where memories and sources are attached to ancestors, and help them identify opportunities where they need to be added.

7.   FamilySearch Web-Based Indexing
FamilySearch will end its desktop indexing software in 2018 as it continues to roll out more updates to its new web indexing platform. The new web tool is easy to use and works with any digital device (besides cell phones) with a web browser. It enables hundreds of thousands of volunteers worldwide to make millions of historical images easily and freely searchable by name so online family history researchers can quickly discover ancestors.

 8.  RootsTech
RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch International, will continue to expand its support of community growth, personal development, and exciting industry innovation. This popular global family history conference will attract over 100,000 attendees (in-person and live online viewers).

Keynotes this year will include: Scott Hamilton, olympic figure skating champion, Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York photographer and writer, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Finding Your Roots. and Natalia Fourcade, internationally renowned Mexican pop-rock singer.

The RootsTech Innovation Showcase will highlight exciting innovations related to family history. It will replace the Innovator Summit and Innovator Showdown.

9.   Oral Histories
Family history in oral (no written documentation) cultures are kept in the minds of village elders—walking, human libraries. When they pass away, the library is lost forever. FamilySearch will increase the number of oral histories it captures from these tribal historians significantly throughout Africa.
FamilySearch appreciates its growing customer base (over 134 million visits in 2017!). When you visit FamilySearch in 2018, be sure to sign in to your free account to enjoy the most of what FamilySearch has to offer. Come back regularly to add your own family memories. Enjoy the new content added daily and the new features coming soon. Collaborate with your family to upload your favorite photos, documents, personal histories, or journals from previous years, and update your ancestors' stories.


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Amanuensis Monday - 1722 Probate Papers of Stephen Atwood (1653-1722) of Eastham, Mass.

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1722 Probate Papers for the estate of Stephen Atwood (1653-1722) of Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts:

a)  Volume 4, pages 66-67:

b)  Volume 4, pages 68-69:

The will of Stephen Atwood starts on page 67, the middle of the page.

The transcription of these probate papers is:

[page 67, halfway down the page]

In the Name of God Amen.  The Twentyeth Day of May
In the year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and fifteen
I Stephen Atwood of Eastham in the County of Barnstable In his
Maj^ties Province of the Massachusetts Bay In New England Husbandman
being weak In body, but of perfect Mind and Memory Thanks be given unto God
therefore, Calling unto mind the Mortality of my body and Knowing that it is
appointed for all men once to dye, Do make ordaine this my Last will & Testa-
ment, that is to say Principally and first of all I give and Recommend my
soul into the hands of God that gave it, And my body I recommend to the Earth
to be Buried In decent and Christian manner at the Discretion of my Executrix
nothing doubting but at the generall Resurrection I shall Recive the Same
again by the allmity power of God.  And as touching Such worley Estate where-
with it hath pleased God to bless me In this Life, I give devise & Dispose
of the same In the following manner and form.

Imp^s. I give and bequeath unto my Loveing wife Apphia Attwood the whole
Improvement of all my houseing Lands Marsh or meadow ground that I am
Possest of In the Town of Eastham Dureing her Naturall Life if she
Remain my widdow until her Death but if she see Cause to Marry a
again she shall have the bed whereon we now Lodge with therefore

[page 68]

Curtains and what Ever ^of^ Right belongeth to said bed; whence I Like wise
Constitute make & ordaine my soul Executrix of this my Last will & Testament.

Item. I Give unto my well beloved Son Stephen Atwood a duble portion of all
the Moveable Estate of mine that shall remain after my wifes death or
marriage and to the remaining part of said Moveables Estate to be Equally
Devided amongst my Sons and Daughters to say Mariel Atwood Joseph At-
wood ^&^ to my daughters Hannah Atwood and Apphia Atwood.

Item. to my well beloved Sons Eleazer Atwood and Joshua Atwood I have alredy
given unto them their parts of my Estate In the piece that I sett upon the
farm they bought of one said farm being at a place Commonly called bound brook.

Item.  I Give to my well beloved son Thomas Atwood all and singular my Lands
Messuage and Tenements with all the Rights Tittles profits thereunto belong-
ing or any wise of Right Appertaining by him and his heirs and Assignes
freely and peacably to be posesed and injoyed for Ever, after the death of my
Loveing wife as above said or if she see cause to Marry.

And I do hereby Utterly Disalow revoake and Disannull all & Every other former
Testaments wills legacies and bequests and Executrix In any way by me before
named willed and bequeathed, Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to
be my Last will and Testament.  In Witness whereof I have hereunto Sett my
hand and Seal the day and year above written.

Signed Sealed published pronounced and                            mark        
Declared by the said Stephen Atwood as his            Stephen A Attwood    {seal}
Last will and Testament In the presence of Us                       his
the Subscribers.
      Isaac Pepper
      Samuel Doane
      Martha Doane                          Then Isaac Pepper Samuel Doane and Martha Doane
made Oath that they saw Stephen Atwood Late of Eastham now Deceased
Sign Seal and heard him Declear the above written to be his Last will and
Testament and that he was of sound mind and Dispossing memory when
so did In their best apprehentions.
                                                                 Sworn before John Otis Judge of Probates

John Otis Esq^r Commissionated by the Govorneur & Council of the Province
of the Massachusetts Bay In New England to be Judge of the probates of wills
and for granting Letters of Administration on the Estates of p-sons Deceased, have-
ing goods, Chattels, rights or Credits In the County of Barnstable within the province

To all to whome these presents Shall Come Greeting.

Know ye that upon the day of the Date hereof before me at Barnstable In
the County aforesd The will of Stephen Atwood late of Eastham In y^e County of
Barnstable now deceased, to these presents annexed, was proved, approved, and allowed,
who having while he Lived and at the time of his Death goods Chattles Rights or
Credits in the County beforesd; and the probate of sd will, and power of Committing
administration of all and singular the goods Chattles Rights and Credits of the sd deceased
by vertue thereof Appertaining unto me.  The Administration of all and Singular therefore
goods Chattles Rights of the said Deceased and Executrix In the Same will named, well &
faithfully to Execute the sd will and to administer the Estate of the sd Deceased according
there unto.  And to make a True & perfect Inventory of all and Singular y^e goods
Chattles Rights & Credits of the sd Deceased and to Exhibit the Same Into the Registry of
the Court of Probate for the County aforesd at or before the Tenth day of August Next Ensuing
and also to render a plain & True Acct of y^e said Administration upon Oath when Called
thereto.  In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and the Seal of y^e sd Court
of Probate Dated at Barnstable the 12th day of July
Annoque Domini 1722                                                                          John Otis

[page 69]

An Inventory of the Estate of the Late Deceased Stephen
Atwood of Eastham taken by us the Subscribers on the 12th Day
of July under Oath 1722.

To Lands and houseing
£200 – 00 – 00
To one ox    
    05 – 00 – 00
To 2 Cowes and half
    08 – 15 – 00
To a small Cattle
    01 – 15 – 00
To Linnens
    04 – 07 – 03
To one bed and bolster    
    05 – 00 – 00
To one more bed and bolster
    03 – 10 - 00
To Curtains  
    01 – 08 – 00
To Coverleds
    02 – 08 – 00
To 3 old coverleds
    00 – 03 – 00
To Two woolen Blankets
    01 – 05 – 00
To Two Old Coats
    00 – 05 – 00
To Two Old Bedsteads 
    00 – 16 – 00
To Two Chists and One box
    00 – 10 – 00
To one Caine
    00 – 10 – 00
To potts Anirons and Other Iron ware
    03 – 03 – 06
To Carts Chains and Other Irons   
    01 – 15 – 08
To wooden ware
    00 – 15 – 00
To putter and Earthen
    01 – 06 – 00
To Brass  
    00 – 15 – 00
To an Ironing box and Other Small things
    00 – 06 – 00
To a weavers Loome
    01 – 10 – 00
To Swine    
    00 – 12 – 06
To half a hay boat
    00 – 17 – 06
To Two Iron weges
    00 – 06 - 00

£246 – 18 – 11

July 12th 1722                                                                  Edward Knowles
Then Apphia Atwood Executrix to y^e                           Samuel Doane
Last Will & Testament of her Late husband                    David Donae
Stephen Atwood made Oath to the Truth of y^e above Written Inventory so far as
Shee know and that if any thing further of the Estate of the sd deceased shall
Come to her Knowledge that is Matteriall she will allso bring it to this In-

                                                                 Sworn before Jno Otis Judge of Probate

The source citation for this record is:

Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991, indexed database with digital images, (, Barnstable County, "Probate Records, Vol 4-5, 1721-1741, Volume 4, pages 67-69 (images 39-40 of 660), Stephen Atwood, 1722, Will, Letters Testamentary and Inventory.

Stephen Atwood (1653-1722) married Apphia Bangs (1651-????) in 1677 in Eastham, Massachusetts, and they had eight children between 1678 and 1696.

The will of Stephen Atwood, written in 1715 and proved in 1722, names all eight of the children.  His widow was bequeathed all the improvement and use of the real estate and personal estate until her death, but if she married again she would receive only a bed and curtains and other bed things.  Apphia was also named executrix of the estate.  The personal estate was to be divided amongst all the children after his wife died or married, with eldest son Stephen Atwood receiving a double portion.  The youngest son, Thomas Atwood, was to receive the real estate. The estate Inventory totaled £247, with £200 of that the housing and real estate. 

Stephen and Apphia (Bangs) Atwood are my 7th great-grandparents, through their daughter Hannah Atwood (1686-1771) who married Samuel Horton (1686-1778) in 1714.


NOTE:  Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent  TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday."  John offers this definition for "amanuensis:"

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Added or Updated Record Collections at - Week of 14 to 20 January 2018

I am trying to keep up with the new and updated record collections at FamilySearch ( every week.

As of 20 January 2018, there were 2,285 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 4 from last week):

The added or updated collections are (as Marshall provided them):

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Colombia, Diocese of Barranquilla, Catholic Church Records, 1808-1985   (; Index only, no images, ADDED 16 Jan 2018

*  Georgia, Reconstruction Registration Oath Books, 1867-1868      (; 174,149 indexed records with 174,149 record images, ADDED 18 Jan 2018

*  United States, Virgin Islands Index to Passenger Arrivals, 1906-1947    (; Index only, no images, ADDED 18 Jan 2018

*  South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Deaths, 1863-1955   (; Index only, no images, ADDED 17 Jan 2018

--- Collections Updated ---

*  Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995   (; 684,641 indexed records with 684,641 record images (was 684,641 records with 1,899,876 images), Updated 18 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Jalisco, Civil Registration, 1857-2000  (; Index only, no images (was 0 records with 3,955,679 images), Updated 17 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Querétaro, Civil Registration, 1864-2005        (; Index only, no images (was 0 records with 624,300 images), Updated 17 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Morelos, Civil Registration, 1861-1920  (; Index only, no images (was 0 records with 41,250 images), Updated 17 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Veracruz, Civil Registration, 1821-1949 (; 2,618,501 indexed records with 1,624,732 record images (was 0 records with 1,624,732 images), Updated 17 Jan 2018

*  Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records, 1859-1911        (; 9,781 indexed records with 9,781 record images (was 9,781 records with 178,927 images), Updated 17 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Aguascalientes, Civil Registration, 1859-1961   (; 96,523 indexed records with 96,523 record images (was 96,523 records with 437,722 images), Updated 16 Jan 2018

*  Missouri State and Territorial Census Records, 1732-1933        (; 109,803 indexed records with 12,444 record images (was 109,803 records with 12,444 images), Updated 18 Jan 2018

*  Portugal, Coimbra, Civil Registration, 1893-1980        (; 66,833 indexed records with 31,200 record images (was 66,833 records with 31,200 images), Updated 16 Jan 2018

*  Austria, Vienna Population Cards, 1850-1896     (; 167,968 indexed records with 167,968 record images (was 211,877 records with 0 images), Updated 17 Jan 2018

*  Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860       (; 231,883 indexed records with 231,883 record images (was 231,883 records with 638,873 images), Updated 18 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Guerrero, Civil Registration, 1860-1996 (; 266,025 indexed records with 266,025 record images (was 266,025 records with 1,550,638 images), Updated 16 Jan 2018

*  Denmark, Military Conscription Rolls, 1789-1792 (; 74,156 indexed records with 9,228 record images (was 74,156 records with 9,228 images), Updated 17 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Civil Registration, 1859-2000  (; 439,448 indexed records with 439,448 record images (was 439,448 records with 1,896,240 images), Updated 17 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Nuevo León, Civil Registration, 1859-1962       (; Index only, no images (was 0 records with 701,908 images), Updated 17 Jan 2018

*  El Salvador Civil Registration, 1704-2001       (; 875,969 indexed records with 875,969 record images (was 875,969 records with 1,381,210 images), Updated 18 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Chihuahua, Civil Registration, 1861-1997        (; 136,986 indexed records with 136,986 record images (was 136,986 records with 1,561,583 images), Updated 16 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Coahuila, Civil Registration, 1861-1998 (; 180,700 indexed records with 180,700 record images (was 180,700 records with 1,179,899 images), Updated 16 Jan 2018

*  Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996       (; 4,172,034 indexed records with 3,505,112 record images (was 4,172,034 records with 3,505,112 images), Updated 16 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Durango, Civil Registration, 1861-1995  (; Index only, no images (was 0 records with 1,042,146 images), Updated 16 Jan 2018

*  Nevada County Birth and Death Records, 1871-1992        (; 18,219 indexed records with 14,425 record images (was 0 records with 14,425 images), Updated 19 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Tamaulipas, Civil Registration, 1800-2002       (; Index only, no images (was 0 records with 1,184,297 images), Updated 17 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Colima, Civil Registration, 1860-1997   (; Index only, no images (was 0 records with 225,991 images), Updated 16 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Zacatecas, Civil Registration, 1860-2000        (; Index only, no images (was 0 records with 1,371,091 images), Updated 17 Jan 2018

*  South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (Stellenbosch Archive), 1690-2011   (; 31,179 indexed records with 31,179 record images (was 31,179 records with 496,315 images), Updated 17 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Hidalgo, Civil Registration, 1861-1967  (; Index only, no images (was 0 records with 1,575,430 images), Updated 17 Jan 2018

*  California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994   (; 109,797 indexed records with 109,797 record images (was 109,797 records with 2,915,415 images), Updated 18 Jan 2018

*  England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1984      (; 1,405,385 indexed records with 113,093 record images (was 1,405,385 records with 113,093 images), Updated 17 Jan 2018

*  Spain, Diocese of Cartagena, Catholic Church Records, 1503-1969 (; 74,313 indexed records with 22,034 record images (was 74,313 records with 22,034 images), Updated 18 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Tlaxcala, Civil Registration, 1867-1950 (; 71,577 indexed records with 64,866 record images (was 71,577 records with 64,866 images), Updated 17 Jan 2018

*  Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847-1868 (; 60,056 indexed records with 60,056 record images (was 60,056 records with 60,056 images), Updated 17 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Distrito Federal, Civil Registration, 1832-2005 (; 6,838,640 indexed records with 4,936,321 record images (was 1,452,770 records with 4,936,321 images), Updated 17 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Sonora, Civil Registration, 1861-1995   (; Index only, no images (was 0 records with 745,080 images), Updated 17 Jan 2018

*  New Hampshire, United States Naturalization Records, 1906-1993  (; Index only, no images (was 0 records with 2,379 images), Updated 18 Jan 2018

*  Argentina, Santa Fe, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1975 (; 732,346 indexed records with 424,329 record images (was 732,346 records with 424,329 images), Updated 18 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Guanajuato, Civil Registration, 1862-1930       (; Index only, no images (was 0 records with 1,413,921 images), Updated 16 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Oaxaca, Civil Registration, 1861-2002   (; 4,813,723 indexed records with 3,865,729 record images (was 0 records with 3,865,729 images), Updated 17 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Civil Registration, 1860-2004  (; Index only, no images (was 0 records with 110,234 images), Updated 16 Jan 2018

*  England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918      (; 1,574,546 indexed records with 53,151 record images (was 1,574,546 records with 53,151 images), Updated 16 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Nayarit, Civil Registration, 1868-2001  (; Index only, no images (was 0 records with 422,997 images), Updated 17 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Michoacán, Civil Registration, 1859-1940        (; Index only, no images (was 0 records with 1,337,669 images), Updated 17 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, México, Civil Registration, 1861-1941   (; Index only, no images (was 0 records with 1,339,715 images), Updated 17 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Campeche, Civil Registration, 1860-1926 (; Index only, no images (was 0 records with 78,926 images), Updated 16 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Chiapas, Civil Registration, 1861-1990  (; Index only, no images (was 0 records with 1,526,718 images), Updated 16 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Quintana Roo, Civil Registration, 1866-1902     (; Index only, no images (was 0 records with 3,739 images), Updated 16 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Yucatán, Civil Registration, 1860-2005  (; Index only, no images (was 0 records with 1,521,336 images), Updated 17 Jan 2018

*  Mexico, Puebla, Civil Registration, 1861-1930   (; Index only, no images (was 0 records with 1,459,438 images), Updated 17 Jan 2018

*  New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906-1942     (; 13,611,543 indexed records with 748,065 record images (was 15,223,402 records with 748,065 images), Updated 16 Jan 2018


In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner.

NOTE:  Many (20!!) of the Mexican state Civil Registration record collections gained an Index but lost the images.  Is there a reason for this?  Will the images return?

My friend, Marshall, has come up with a way to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED.  Thanks to Marshall for helping me out here!

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link).  It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.


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