Thursday, December 2, 2010

New or Updated Collections at FamilySearch Beta

As of today, there are 499 Historical Record Collections on the FamilySearch Beta site. Those added or updated since my last list on 11 November include:

Brazil, Catholic Church Records (browse 1,496,553 images only, updated 16 Nov 2010)

England, Lancashire – Cheshire – Yorkshire Parish Registers, 1603-1992, (browse 157,240 images only, updated 22 Nov 2010)

Germany, Hessen, Darmstadt City Records (browse 55,528 images only, updated 18 Nov 2010)

*  Guatemala Civil Registration, 1877-1934 (22,448 records, updated 15 Nov 2010)

 *  Illinois, Diocese of Belleville, Catholic Parish Records, 1729-1956 (browse 34,135 images only, updated 13 Nov 2010)

Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1792-1983 (browse 62,763 images only, updated 25 Nov 2010)

Minnesota Territorial Census, 1857 (browse 3,983 images only, updated 22 Nov 2010)

Netherlands, Zuid-Holland Province, Civil Registration, 1811-1942 (browse 1,342,833 images, updated 18 Nov 2010)

Quebec, Catholic Parish Registers, 1621-1900 (browse 1,361,289 images only, updated 22 Nov 2010)

South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951-1973 (15,879 records, updated 22 Nov 2010)
United States Census, 1920 (now 30,396,415 records, updated 13 Nov 2010)
United States, Index to General Correspondence of the Pension Office, 1889-1904 (browse 853,464 images, updated 19 Nov 2010)
United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (browse images only, updated 13 Nov 2010)
Virginia, Fluvanna County Colbert Funeral Home Records, 1929-1976 (1,866 records, updated 13 November 2010)
That's 14 collections added or updated, but only 5 of them are newly added (there were 494 collections on 11 November). It would be really useful to many researchers if FamilySearch denoted brand new collections added.   The "* Recently added or updated" indicator seems to cover only the past two weeks (there are six currently with a *, and it's not clear if they are new or updated).

Researchers interested in any of these record collections should click on the "Learn More" link on each collection page to determine the extent, the source and the use of the records in the collection.

All FamilySearch Beta record collections can be accessed at

Please note that this list is the actual record collections currently available for searching on the FamilySearch Beta site, not the records that are on the FamilySearch Update list released today for New Projects, Completed Projects, and Current Indexing Projects. The projects on the semi-weekly FamilySearch Update list will eventually be added to the FamilySearch Beta site.

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