Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Genealogy News Bytes - 20 August 2019


Some of the genealogy news and education items across my monitor the last three days include:

1)  News Articles:


*  Claim a Free Findmypast DNA Kit at FGS 2019


2)  New or Updated Record Collections:





*   Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 20 August, 5 p.m. PDT:  Ten Tools for Genealogical Writing, by Harold Henderson

*   Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 21 August, 3 a.m. PDT:  MyHeritage DNA - Ein Überblick (German), by Silvia de Silva

*   Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 21 August, 11 a.m. PDT:  Bullet Journaling for Genealogy, by Shellee Morehead

*   Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Friday, 23 August, 11 a.m. PDT: Introduction to Forensic Genealogy, by Kelvin L. Meyers.

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips:  #98 -- Gateway Ancestors


5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  Family History Fanatics:  Ancestry MyTreeTags - A Full Review






6)  Genealogy Bargains:



7)  DNA Stories:



8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 16 August 2019?

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Treasure Chest Tuesday - 1734 Baptism of Marie La Tourette (1734-1791) in New York City.

It's Treasure Chest Tuesday - a chance to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the 1734 baptism record of Marie La Tourette in the Dutch Reformed Church of Port Richmond on Staten Island, New York:


The Marie La Tourette baptism record is the third from the bottom of the page:

The extracted information from this record is:

*  Date:  1734, Sept. 1
*  Parents:  David La Tourette and Catherine Poillon
*  Child:  Marie [La Tourette]
*  Witnesses:  Judith Bodin

The source citation for this record is:

Tobias Alexander Wright, editor, Collections of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society: Volume IV, Staten Island Church Records (New York: NYGBS, 1909), "Records of the Dutch Reformed Church of Port Richmond, S.I., baptisms from 1696 to 1772," page 45, baptism entry for Marie, daughter of David La Tourette and Catherine Poillon; digitized images, FamilySearch International, FamilySearch Books (https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/ : accessed 15 August 2019).

I found this book on FamilySearch Books and was able to download it to my computer.

This is a Derivative Source record of the Dutch Reformed Church records for Port Richmond, Staten Island, New York. which was probably copied from the original source records.  It is Primary Information and Direct Evidence for the name, place and baptism date, but Secondary Information for the parents names and witness name.

Information in this source indicates that the French Church combined with the Dutch Church at Port Richmond in the early 1700s.  

Marie La Tourette (1734-1791) married Jonathan Lewis (1715-1786) as his third wife, and resided on Staten Island, New York. They are my 6th great-grandparents.  They had nine children, including Catherine Lewis (1759-1845) who married William Hutchinson and went to Canada at the end of the Revolutionary War.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Monday Genea-Pourri - Week Ending 19 August 2019

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

1)  Moderated the Chula Vista Genealogical Society Research Group meeting with 13 in attendance at the Library  I reported on Family Tree Maker 2019, the upcoming SDGS seminar, the VGA Conference in November, using Ancestry WebHints and Member Tree person Searches, and reviewed some of the online Book websites.

2)  Linda and I spent Saturday in Huntington Beach with daughter Tami and her family.  We watched Charlie's soccer game at 11 a.m., and Audrey's soccer game at 1 p.m.  Had pizza for lunch, watched TV and talked, and went to Marie Callender's for dinner.  We were home by 8 p.m.

3)  Watched one Legacy Family Tree Webinar -- Basics of Land Platting - Part 1, by J. Mark Lowe.

4)  Wrote and posted a biography of 6th great-grandfather #502 Jonathan Lewis (1715-1786) for my 52 Ancestors ancestor sketch on Friday.  

5)  Transcribed the 1816 mortgage deed of  4th great-grandfather Nathan Gates selling land in Gardner, Massachusetts to John Miles for Amanuensis Monday.

6) There were several sessions working in the RootsMagic software program to update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and my ancestral families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 32,041 of my RootsMagic persons with FSFT.

7)  I continue to use Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and sources to my RootsMagic profiles.  I now have 54,316 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 108,220 source citations.   I TreeShared twice this week updating 228 profiles, and I resolved 916 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 113,897 to be resolved, but I work on them weekly.

8) Wrote 18 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which two were a press release.  The most popular post last week was  
Family Tree Maker 2019 News - Last Day For $39.95 Upgrade is 14 August with ove
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Happy 120th Birthday, Gram! (A MIPIML) - Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer (1899-1977)

Today is very special to me and my wife. Not only is it my maternal grandmother's 120th birthday (she died in 1977) but it is my wife's father's 108th birthday (he died in 2002). I want to talk about my grandmother, "Gram," today.

My grandmother was born Emily Kemp Auble on 19 August 1899 in Chicago, the daughter and only child of Charles and Georgianna (Kemp) Auble. 


A baby photograph of Emily from about 1900:



Here is Emily at about age 10 in Chicago:



Charlie Auble is one of my links to colonial New Jersey for both German and colonial New England ancestry (including two Mayflower passengers). Georgianna is a link to early Ontario, also to colonial New Jersey (through the Sovereen line), to my Dutch Putman line in the Albany, New York area, and to my French Huguenot line in colonial Staten Island. 

They came to San Diego in about 1911, and lived at 14th and F Streets. Charlie was a painter - of signs, I think, but probably anything he could slap paint onto. By all accounts, he was also a drinking man. Apparently, the home life was not the best, and they were not well off. He died in 1916 in San Diego after falling down the front stairs, and is buried in a grave in Mount Hope Cemetery without a tombstone. Georgianna lived with my grandparents until she died in 1952 - I knew her as Nana, a very sweet and kind person, just like her daughter.


This photograph is of Emily right before her wedding in 1918:

Emily married Lyle L. Carringer in 1918.  He was in the Marine Reserves at the time:






After their marriage, they had my mother, Betty on 30 July 1919, an only child. The photo below is Emily holding baby Betty in 1919:



Lyle worked at Marston's, a downtown commercial store, and Emily was a housewife and mother.  

This photo was taken in about 1930:

After my mother married in 1942 and had me in 1943, my father enlisted in the Navy. My mother and I moved back in with her parents while he was gone.  Lyle and Emily had a large greenhouse garden on the Fern Street property with bird baths and fish ponds and many types of flowers.  They rented out the Fern Street house after 1946 when they moved to Lyle's parents house at 2115 30th Street, and sold the Fern Street house in 1951.  

Fortunately for me, Gram was assigned to take care of me while my mother taught junior high school during World War II. She doted on me, as grandmothers do, during this time when I was between 10 months and 27 months old. I am quite sure that she saw my first steps, heard my first words, and taught me many things. 


As I grew up, we lived in 2119 30th Street, and Lyle and Emily lived  in the same house (we were upstairs to their downstairs) until 1951, when Lyle and Emily built and moved into a house on Point Loma at 825 Harbor View Place.  They spent the rest of their lives in that house.

In the 1940s and on, Gram became a locally renowned flower arrangement artist, specializing in Japanese arrangements, and eventually became a judge at local flower shows.  

Throughout my life, it always seemed like Gram was there for me. I loved the attention, and she enjoyed being with me. She encouraged me to excel in my studies and reveled in my academic accomplishments, and later in my professional work. We always had Christmas at their house on Point Loma because they had a fireplace for Santa to come down. Linda and I had our wedding rehearsal dinner at their house.


This photo is of Lyle and Emily in about 1970:

I think this is the last photograph I have of my grandparents (Emily is on the left) - a four-generation photograph with my grandparents, my mother, me, and daughter Lori in 1975):



My grandfather died in November 1976. It was so sad to see this wonderful woman grieve and become senile in that period. 
Gram died 8 months later on 19 June 1977 (her 59th wedding anniversary) of a stroke, brought on, I'm sure, by a broken heart. After her death, my mother told me all about her life and what she had done for me and with me - I never knew most of that until after she died.   I wish that I had more writings - letters, journals, etc.  There was none in the papers and photographs passed to me by my mother between 1988 and 2002.

She was "only" a simple housewife - with a high school education, a terrible childhood, but became a loving wife, mother. grandmother, and great-grandmother - and supplied one-fourth of my heritage.  


My Gram was patient, kind, loving, giving, optimistic, and was one of the very best people I've ever known and loved.  I miss her terribly, and wish that I had talked to her more about her life and her family. I hope that she would be proud of me for discovering her ancestry and family history.

Thank you, Gram, for your love. I will never forget one of the MIPIML (Most Important Persons In My Life).


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Amanuensis Monday -- 1816 Mortgage Deed of Nathan Gates to John Miles in Gardner, Massachusetts

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1816 mortgage deed of  Nathan Gates selling land to John Miles in Gardner, Massachusetts in the Worcester County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 199, page 189]

[Volume 199, page 190]


The transcription of this deed is:

[page 189 at middle of right-hand page]

[in left margin]

Gates Nathan

to 
John Miles
[body of text]


Know all Men by these presents that I Nathan Gates

of Gardner in the County of Worcester & Commonwealth of Massa-
chusetts Yeoman In consideration of three hundred dollars paid by
John Miles of said Gardner Yeoman - the receipt whereof I do hereby
acknowledge do hereby give grant sell and convey unto the said John
Miles his heirs and assigns a certain tract of land situate in said
Gardner being the farm on which I now live lying northerly of the
County road leading from Westminster to Winchendon containing
about forty Acres with the buildings thereon and is bounded southerly
on said County road Southeasterly on land of Henry Coolidge
northeasterly on three fourth division lots Northwesterly of Aaron
Conants being the same land which I Mortgaged to the Boston bank
for the sum of four hundred dollars.

To have and to hold the aforegranted premises to the said John
his heirs and assigns to his and their use and behoof forever and
I do covenant with the said Miles his heirs and assigns that I am
lawfully seized in fee of the aforegranted premises except the aforesaid
Mortgaged Deed that they are free of all incumbrances Except said
Mortgaged Deed that I have good right to sell and convey the same to
the said Miles - and that I will warrant & defend the same premises 
to the said Miles his heirs and assigns forever against the lawful claims &
demands of all persons Except the Mortgaged Deed aforesaid.

Provided nevertheless that if the said Nathan his heirs Execu-
tors ^or Administrators^ pay to the said John his heirs Executors Administrators or as-
sign the sum of three hundred dollars in two years with interest

[Volume 199, page 190]

annually then this Deed as also a certain note of hand bearing even
date with these presents given the said ^Gates^ to the said Miles to pay the same
sum of three hundred dollars at the time aforesaid shall both be void
otherwise shall remain in full force.  I Witness whereof the said
Nathan & Abigail wife of the said Nathan in token of her relinquish-
ing her right of dower in & to the premises have hereunto set our
hands & seals this fifteenth day of February in the year of our Lord
one thousand ^Eight hundred^ and Sixteen.

Signed sealed & Delivered                              Nathan Gates  {seal}
in presence of us                                              Abigail Gates  {seal}
Alex^r  Dustin               }   
Simeon Sanderson         }   Worcester ss  February 15^th 1816 then the above na-
Amos Gates                   }    med Nathan Gates acknowledged the above in-
Susanna Gates               }   strument to be his free act and deed, before me
                                                                         Alex^r Dustin Just of Peace
Rece^d  Feb^y 20^th 1816  Ent^d & Exam^d  pr  Dan^l Clap Reg.

The source citation for this recorded deed is:

"Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 13 January 2015), Worcester County, "Deeds, 1815
-1816, Vol. 198-199," Volume 199, Page 189-190, images 473-474 of 724, Deed of Nathan Gates to John Miles, executed 15 February 1816, recorded 20 February 1816; citing records in land offices and county courthouses, statewide, Massachusetts. 

In this deed, Nathan Gates, yeoman of Gardner, sold a 40 acre tract of land  in Gardner to John Miles, yeoman of Gardner for 300 dollars.  Nathan Gates owed a mortgage of $400 to a Boston bank at the time, and this deed would be void if Nathan Gates paid $300 with interest to John Miles within two years.


Nathan Gates (1767-1830), who married Abigail Knowlton (1774-1855) in 1790, is my 4th great-grandfather.  I am descended from their daughter, Abigail Gates (1797-1867) who married Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825) in 1817.

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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, August 18, 2019

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 11 to 17 August 2019

Dozens of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.

My criteria for "Best of ..." are pretty simple - I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don't list posts destined for daily blog prompts or meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.


Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:


Clinching the Connection by Jacqi Stevens on A Family Tapestry.

*  Genealogy Gold Part 2: Finding Family Histories Using FamilySearch and Facebook by Linda Yip on Past Presence.

Why Use a Chromosome Browser by Diahan Southard on Your DNA Guide.

7 Genealogy Projects We All Need to Do by DiAnn Iamarino on Fortify Your Family Tree.

New GeneaGem: Genealogy Village by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree.

*  John E. Ellerbee, His Wives and the 1850 Census by Susan Ellerbee on Posting Family Roots.

*  What Responsibilities Does a Descendant of Slaveholders Bear? by Devon Noel Lee on Family History Fanatics.

Charts for Understanding DNA Inheritance by Nicole Dyer on Family Locket.

Use ThruLines With Your Brain Turned On by Michael John Neill on Rootdig.

Following the Paper Trail: Southern New England by Kyle Hurst on Vita Brevis.

*  Finding Jeanie’s Father with DNA Part 4: Combining Traditional Research with DNA Analysis by Hazel Scullin on Family Locket.

Creating a GEDCOM From a Text File by Kitty Cooper on Kitty Cooper's Blog.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

*  Friday's Family History Finds by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree.

 Friday Fossicking 16th August 2019 by Crissouli on That Moment in Time.


This Week's Creme de la Creme -- August 17, 2019  by Gail Dever on Genealogy a la Carte,

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and    read their articles, and add their blogs to your Favorites, Feedly, another RSS feed, or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also - all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.


Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I currently am reading posts from over 900 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.


Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


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Added and Updated Ancestry.com Record Collections - Week of 11 to 17 August 2019

The following record collections were listed on the Ancestry Card Catalog list on Ancestry.com during the period from 11 to 17 August 2019 

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

England & Wales, Civil Divorce Records, 1858-1918; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/15/2019

North Lanarkshire, Scotland, Poor Law Applications and Registers, 1849-1917; indexed records with record images, ADDED 8/15/2019

Morelos, Mexico, Civil Registration Births, 1866-1920; indexed records with record images, Updated8/14/2019

North Lanarkshire, Scotland, Electoral Registers, 1847-1969; indexed records with record images, ADDED 8/13/2019

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The complete Ancestry.com Card Catalog is at    http://search.ancestry.com/search/CardCatalog.aspx.  

By my count, there were 2 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,680 collections available as of 17 August, an increase of  from last week.  


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Disclosure:  I have had a fully paid Ancestry.com subscription since 2000.  Ancestry.com has provided material considerations for travel expenses to meetings, and has hosted events and meals that I have attended in Salt Lake City, in past years.


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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Added and Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 11 to 17 August 2019

I am trying to keep up with the new and updated record collections at FamilySearch   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list) every week.

As of 17 August 2019, there were 2,566 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 27 from last week):

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

--- Collections Deleted ---

Oregon, Oregon State Archives, Marriage Records, 1906-1968      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3326746); Index only, no images, DELETED 9 Aug 2019

--- Collections Added   ---

Alaska, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2684865); 22,410 indexed records with 22,410 record images, ADDED 14 Aug 2019

Florida, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2695955); 536,621 indexed records with 536,621 record images, ADDED 16 Aug 2019

Connecticut, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2695954); 478,703 indexed records with 478,703 record images, ADDED 14 Aug 2019

Delaware, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2515880); 74,179 indexed records with 74,179 record images, ADDED 16 Aug 2019

Idaho, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2709446); 138,954 indexed records with 138,954 record images, ADDED 16 Aug 2019

Colorado, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2515885); 283,562 indexed records with 283,562 record images, ADDED 14 Aug 2019

Nevada, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2729393); 35,949 indexed records with 35,949 record images, ADDED 15 Aug 2019

France, Haute-Vienne, Census, 1836      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3212274); Index only, no images, ADDED 16 Aug 2019

Missouri, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2759143); 952,820 indexed records with 952,820 record images, ADDED 14 Aug 2019

District of Columbia, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2548055); 245,072 indexed records with 245,072 record images, ADDED 16 Aug 2019

New Mexico, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2548056); 140,702 indexed records with 140,702 record images, ADDED 15 Aug 2019

Virgin Islands, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2517337); 5,625 indexed records with 5,625 record images, ADDED 15 Aug 2019

Arizona, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2515876); 141,121 indexed records with 141,121 record images, ADDED 14 Aug 2019

Alabama, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2691991); 268,697 indexed records with 268,697 record images, ADDED 14 Aug 2019

United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1860     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3161105); Index only, no images, ADDED 16 Aug 2019

California, Los Angeles, Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, Deceased Card File Index, 1877-1989  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3259479); 4,166 indexed records with 4,166 record images, ADDED 17 Aug 2019

*  Hawaii, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2709452); 138,956 indexed records with 138,956 record images, ADDED 16 Aug 2019

England, Cambridge Parish Registers, 1538-1983  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3299384); 16 indexed records with 16 record images, ADDED 12 Aug 2019

England, Huntingdonshire Parish Registers       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2340291); 126,104 indexed records with 126,104 record images, ADDED 16 Aug 2019

Maryland, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2568865); 532,405 indexed records with 532,405 record images, ADDED 16 Aug 2019

Minnesota, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1947      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2759155); 693,535 indexed records with 693,535 record images, ADDED 16 Aug 2019

Nebraska, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2759156); 310,174 indexed records with 310,174 record images, ADDED 15 Aug 2019

Utah, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1947   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2659402); 144,519 indexed records with 144,519 record images, ADDED 15 Aug 2019

West Virginia, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2659405); 521,022 indexed records with 521,022 record images, ADDED 15 Aug 2019

Virginia, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2659404); 762,434 indexed records with 762,434 record images, ADDED 15 Aug 2019

*  Wyoming, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2659406); 66,012 indexed records with 66,012 record images, ADDED 15 Aug 2019

Oklahoma, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2710650); 604,280 indexed records with 604,280 record images, ADDED 16 Aug 2019

North Carolina, Church Records, 1700-1970       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2790262); 70,086 indexed records with 70,086 record images, ADDED 12 Aug 2019

--- Collections Updated ---

Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1473000); Index only (36,870,759 records), no images (was 36,870,759 records with 0 images), Updated 15 Aug 2019

Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1913 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2138481); 369,246 indexed records with 3,208,805 record images (was 369,266 records with 3,208,805 images), Updated 12 Aug 2019

*  Maine, Kennebec County, Togus National Cemetery Records (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3246495); 4,428 indexed records with 4,427 record images (was 2,614 records with 2,614 images), Updated 16 Aug 2019

Peru, Cemetery Records, 1912-2013       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3163400); 97,083 indexed records with 2,624 record images (was 87,828 records with 2,428 images), Updated 17 Aug 2019

Brazil, São Paulo, Civil Registration, 1925-1995        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2765317); 2,055,765 indexed records with 2,009,803 record images (was 2,055,765 records with 2,009,803 images), Updated 16 Aug 2019

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1582573); 5,802,173 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 5,802,173 records with 5,100,470 images), Updated 14 Aug 2019

*  South Carolina, Charleston County, Charleston, Birth Registers, 1901-1926       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2834217); 13,419 indexed records with 875 record images (was 10,497 records with 691 images), Updated 17 Aug 2019

Canada, Prairie Provinces Census, 1926  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3005862); 2,073,271 indexed records with 48,436 record images (was 2,016,404 records with 48,436 images), Updated 13 Aug 2019

United States Deceased Physician File (AMA), 1864-1968  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2061540); 282,068 indexed records with 707,724 record images (was 250,206 records with 707,724 images), Updated 17 Aug 2019

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2333694); 34,153,317 indexed records with 46,885,712 record images (was 34,153,318 records with 46,885,712 images), Updated 16 Aug 2019

France, Finistère, Quimper et Léon Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1772-1894  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1636101); 157,759 indexed records with 11,775 record images (was 155,473 records with 11,775 images), Updated 13 Aug 2019

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1473014); Index only (68,876,243 records), no images (was 68,876,243 records with 0 images), Updated 15 Aug 2019

Nova Scotia Births, 1864-1877   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2243378); 218,765 indexed records with 35,026 record images (was 218,724 records with 35,026 images), Updated 11 Aug 2019

United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2860782); 22 indexed records with 8 record images (was 22 records with 8 images), Updated 14 Aug 2019

Pennsylvania, Eastern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1795-1931  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1913395); 452,057 indexed records with 326,903 record images (was 272,790 records with 326,903 images), Updated 16 Aug 2019

California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2001287); 5,441,340 indexed records with 2,915,415 record images (was 5,432,501 records with 2,915,415 images), Updated 13 Aug 2019

England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1963      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1462403); 2,900,841 indexed records with 113,093 record images (was 2,852,294 records with 113,093 images), Updated 12 Aug 2019

*  South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (Stellenbosch Archive), 1690-2011   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1392488); 40,312 indexed records with 496,315 record images (was 40,066 records with 496,315 images), Updated 16 Aug 2019

Illinois, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1998      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1989159); 1,057,736 indexed records with 144,834 record images (was 1,057,736 records with 144,834 images), Updated 16 Aug 2019

Germany, Prussia, Westphalia, Minden, Miscellaneous Collections from the Municipal Archives, 1574-1912  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1646446); 110,280 indexed records with 7,654 record images (was 110,280 records with 7,654 images), Updated 15 Aug 2019

Nova Scotia Marriages, 1864-1918        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2242886); 175,518 indexed records with 21,950 record images (was 175,429 records with 21,950 images), Updated 14 Aug 2019

England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3155913); 1,041,995 indexed records with 87,092 record images (was 1,041,911 records with 87,090 images), Updated 15 Aug 2019

*  Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Cemetery Records, 1845 - 1960       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3155912); 157,668 indexed records with 37,808 record images (was 99,542 records with 2,748 images), Updated 17 Aug 2019

Nova Scotia Deaths, 1864-1877   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2242825); 8,468 indexed records with 27,717 record images (was 8,268 records with 27,717 images), Updated 16 Aug 2019

Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2016194); Browse 1,689,031 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 1,689,031 images), Updated 14 Aug 2019

Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2061550); 3,028,788 indexed records with 1,962,488 record images (was 3,027,876 records with 1,962,488 images), Updated 15 Aug 2019

--- Collections with new images ---

Florida Deaths, 1877-1939       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1595003); 471,799 indexed records with 471,267 record images (was 471,799 records with 471,266 images),  8 Aug 2019

Arizona, Yavapai County, Pioneers' Home Resident Ledger and Index, 1911-2000    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3031544); 2,834 indexed records with 406 record images (was 2,834 records with 401 images),  28 Jun 2019

England, Hampshire Parish Registers, 1538-1980  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2556014); 2,324,728 indexed records with 173,076 record images (was 2,324,728 records with 165,592 images),  21 May 2019

*  Maine, State Archives, World War I (WWI) Grave Cards, 1914-1950 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2968248); 4,061 indexed records with 4,067 record images (was 4,061 records with 4,062 images),  22 Mar 2019

Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3015626); 3,503,512 indexed records with 8,049,949 record images (was 3,503,512 records with 8,035,541 images),  14 Mar 2019

*  South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2573604); 439,965 indexed records with 316,352 record images (was 439,965 records with 316,083 images),  3 May 2019

Uruguay, Civil Registration Index Card, 1900-1937       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1976089); 2,403,927 indexed records with 639,347 record images (was 2,403,927 records with 639,125 images),  10 Jan 2019

Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1417491); 1,678,119 indexed records with 1,676,655 record images (was 1,678,119 records with 1,675,624 images),  16 Mar 2019

United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2761958); 2,220,670 indexed records with 137,615 record images (was 2,220,670 records with 137,423 images),  31 Jan 2019

South Africa, Orange Free State, Probate Records from the Master of the Supreme Court, 1832-1989        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3040532); 459,453 indexed records with 60,174 record images (was 459,453 records with 59,446 images),  26 Jun 2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

Spain, Aragón, Electoral Censuses, 1890-1934    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2304578); 4,972,408 indexed records with 25,885 record images (was 4,972,408 records with 42,540 images),  4 Jun 2019

France, Dordogne, Church and Civil Registration, 1540-1896      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2796817); 7,882,907 indexed records with 3,098,316 record images (was 7,882,907 records with 3,099,653 images),  28 Mar 2018

Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2790268); 903,219 indexed records with 76,064 record images (was 903,219 records with 84,174 images),  12 Jan 2019

Georgia, World War I, Statement of Service Cards,  1920-1929    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3010041); 106,582 indexed records with 106,176 record images (was 106,582 records with 106,271 images),  26 Mar 2019

*  Oregon Deaths, 1842-1952 and Delayed Births, 1844-1914  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2352707); 90,290 indexed records with 113,499 record images (was 90,290 records with 114,661 images),  25 Oct 2016

South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Marriages, 1870-1930     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2727134); 253,685 indexed records with 253,446 record images (was 253,685 records with 253,519 images),  10 Apr 2019

--- Collections with records removed ---

Washington Divorce Index, 1969-2014     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2759158); Index only (1,236,868 records), no images (was 1,236,869 records with 0 images),  21 Aug 2017

Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1534448); 3,835,070 indexed records with 828,877 record images (was 3,835,071 records with 828,877 images),  28 Nov 2018

North Dakota, County Marriages, 1872-1958       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2550852); 111,654 indexed records with 91,457 record images (was 143,951 records with 91,457 images),  29 Nov 2018

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2285338); Index only (132,174,284 records), no images (was 132,174,285 records with 0 images),  2 Oct 2014

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In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner and use keywords (e.g. "church england") to find collections with those keywords.

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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