Wednesday, June 20, 2018

RootsTech 2014 Photos, Part 3 - Post 521 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

Linda and I attended RootsTech 2014 in Salt Lake City (February 4-7), and I took some photos of things and persons with my iPhone:

1)  A panoramic view from my RootsTech "office" - the Media Hub:

2)  A chart printing company did great business printing multi-color charts from the FamilySearch Family Tree:

3)  Crista Cowan at the exhibit:

4)  DearMYRTLE (Pat Richley-Erickson) at a keynote using her pink phone to call someone using her iPhone.  I have one of these, I wonder where it is?

5)  Judy G. Russell was one of the keynote speakers, and noted that oral family history is lost in three generations:

More RootsTech 2014 photos next week!


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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Genealogy News Bytes - 19 June 2018

Some of the genealogy news items across my desktop the last four days include:

1)  News Articles:

PRESS RELEASE:  Genealogy With a Canadian Twist

Details Of The Upcoming Polish Genealogical Society Of America (PGSA) Annual Conference Scheduled For Friday And Saturday, September 14 And September 15, 2018 Are Now Available

2)  Record Databases:

Added or Updated Record Collections - Week of 10 to 16 June 2018

*  Added or Updated Record Collections at - Week of 19 to 16 June 2018

*  New Naval Records on Fold3

3)  Genealogy Education:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for June 2018

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 19 June, 5 p.m. PDT:  Using Maps in Genealogical Research, by Sara A. Scribner

*  Upcoming AmericanAncestors Webinar - Thursday, 21 June, 12 noon PDT:  Early Vermont Settlers to 1784 Study Project, by Scott Bartley

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: You Need a Search Strategy: Maximizing Your Results with Online Genealogical Databases, by Mike Mansfield

*  Extreme Genes Radio Show/Podcast:   Episode 240 – New World War I Centennial Presence at FamilySearch / Couple Takes On German Surname Jigsaw Puzzle

*  Extreme Genes Radio Show/Podcast:  Episode 241 – Sons Of American Revolution Partnership Revealing New Insight On American Revolution From British Side

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  How to Add Family History to Your Family Reunion with Janet Hovorka

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  Using Ethnicity to Create Genealogy Clues

*  The NextGen Genealogy Network YouTube:  Faces of NextGen Live - Sam Williams!

*  23andMe YouTube:  Welcome to 23andMe LIVE with Anne Wojcicki

*  Ancestry YouTube:  AncestryDNA | CNN's: Finding Kamau Bell Episode 3 | Ancestry

*  Elizabeth O'Neal YouTube:  Getting Young People Involved in Genealogy

*  New York Genealogical and Biographical Society YouTube:  Planning a Family History Research Trip to New York City

4)  Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Tuesday, June 19,  2018

5)  Neat Stuff:

Rare film uncovered at a flea market shows devastated San Francisco right after the 1906 Earthquake in its earliest days of rebuilding

A love story left untold: Uncovering a father's secret reunites 4 siblings

A Father’s Day Story, 43 years in the making

Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 15 June 2018?


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Kris Hocker, on her A Pennsylvania Dutch Genealogy blog, today alerted us to "New in Ancestry -- Potential Ancestors."

1)  I went looking in my Ancestry Member Trees and, sure enough, there are some "Potential Father" and "Potential Mother" boxes.  Here is one instance of it:

2)  Ancestry is trying to help me by suggesting parents for my 4th great-grandfather, Philip Row (1752-1817).  I clicked on the box for "Potential Father" and saw:

3)  And then I clicked on the green "Review Details" button and saw the information for the potential father:

And further down the sidebar for the potential father:

4)  At the bottom of the information for the potential father is a question "Do you think this is the father of Philip Row?"  I clicked "Yes" to see what would happen, and saw:

Poof. Just like that I now have a father for my 4th great-grandfather.  But wait, where are the records for this relationship?  Is there a birth or baptism record, a land or probate record that mentions his son Philip in New Jersey?  Well, not that I've found in the last 30 years of researching this family.

5)  There are plenty of Ancestry Member Trees, and other online trees, that claim this relationship is true.  But I don't believe that there are ANY records that support the relationship.  In fact, the "Potential Father" information above lists other sons named Philip - there's one named Philip Rowe (1761-1844).

6)  There are Ancestry record collections that suggest the relationship - here's one that's on Philip Row's Hint list:

So this Philip J. Rowe was born in Hunterdon County, New Jersey in 1757 to Johannes and Catherine (Lescher) Rowe.  But Johannes Rowe's family resided in Dutchess County, New York.  And this record says that Philip J. Rowe married Mary Smith on 4 Dec 1791 and died in 1817.

7)  However, the Revolutionary War Pension File for Philip Row of Hunterdon, New Jersey indicates he was born in December 1752, not 1757.  The Pension File also listed his marriage date as 9 July 1772.  The Pension File also lists his death date.  If the "Family Data Collection" record above is to be believed, he would have been 15 years old when he married and 16 years old when he had his first child in 1773.

8)  The reality is that a user cannot trust this "Family Data Collection" record because some of the information is wrong and it doesn't provide any source citations.  

So I quickly deleted the "Potential Father" from my tree and Ignored the Hint for both the potential father and potential mother.

9)  I looked through my tree for other "Potential Parents" and found some, and I have not found one yet that is supported by records and that I might add to my tree.  

10)  How does determine the potential relationships?  There are 17 other Ancestry Member Trees for Philip Row (1752-1817), and ten of them postulate these parents.  As shown above, there are some record collections that are family compilations that show the relationship.  So there is a preponderance of evidence, right?  It is very likely that creates "combined profiles" for many historical persons and claims that they are accurate.  Ancestry's We're Related mobile app is full of "combined profiles" that are inaccurate.  I have lots of them.

The bottom line for me is that I don't trust Ancestry Member Trees, combined profiles, family compilations from personal trees, etc.  I do use  online family trees with source citations to actual records and relationships that make sense to me as hints or clues.

11)  The FamilySearch Family Tree does not show this relationship, mainly because I have modified the profile for Philip Row and no one else has edited the profile.  The WikiTree profile reflects my research also, and no one else has modified it.  The profile for Philip Row reflects my research, and no one else has modified it.

12)  Thank you to Kris Hocker for alerting me to this new feature.


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Treasure Chest Tuesday -- Devier David Carringer's 1889 Birth Certificate in National City, California

Today's Tuesday's Treasure is the 1899 birth certificate of Devier David Carringer in National City, California:

The extracted information on this birth certificate is:

*  No:  [blank]                       National City                 188__
*  Name:  Devier David

*  Sex:  Male                         Race:  White
*  Born: Monday, 10 a.m.,    the   19   day of   Aug   1889
*  Name of Father:                     H. Austin Carringer
*  Name of Mother before marriage:  Della A. Smith
*  Nativity of Father:  US    Nativity of Mother:  US
*  Occupation of Father:  Carpenter
*  Residence of Parents:  National City
*  Name of Physician:  Theo F. Johnson 

The source citation for this record is:

"California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994," indexed database with digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 16 March 2018), Denver David Carringer, 19 Aug 1889; citing Birth, San Diego, San Diego, California, United States, California State Archives, Sacramento.

This FamilySearch record collection was recently added and I saw a Record Hint for this birth certificate.  I had this information from several other sources, but this is an "official" record.  The indexed record says "Denver David" but it looks like Devier (with the "i" undotted), which is correct.  His grandfathers were Devier Smith and David Carringer.  

Devier David Carringer (1889-1890) is my grandfather's brother, so that makes him my grand uncle.  He died nine months after his birth.  


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Monday, June 18, 2018

More Devier J. Smith Articles on

I subscribed to last week, and have been searching for my ancestors in the collection of over 8,600 newspapers and almost 390 million newspaper pages.

My typical search is to use a name, a place (state or city) and a year range for the ancestor of interest.  For instance, I used:

*  Name - "devier smith"
*  Location = "Kansas"
*  Years:  "1870-1895"

I had over 1,500 matches with this search (not all were for my Devier J. Smith, but the ones at the top of the match list were!):

The first match was an obituary for Devier J. Smith from the Concordia [Kansas] Blade newspaper, dated 11 May 1894:

I used the Windows Snipping Tool to capture the article in two parts:

The transcription of this article is:

A Pioneer Concordian Passes Away at His Home in McCook, Nebr.

"From the McCook (Neb.) Enterprise
Died, at the St. Charles Hotel, in this city, May 1, at 10:20 a.m. of dropsy of the heart, Devier J. Smith, aged 51 years, 11 months and 24 days.

"Devier J. smith became a resident of this city in the spring of 1885, and had been engaged in the livery business from that date until the time of his death.  Until last Thursday the deceased had enjoyed very good health, and was taken suddenly ill on that day and continued to grow worse until Tuesday morning when the messenger came.  On Wednesday previous to his death he drove into the country and was caught in a rain, which precipitated his last illness.

"The members of his family who survive him are his wife, now with their daughter, Mrs. Della A. Carringer, at San Diego, Cal., a son D.D. Smith, of this city, who arrived here a week ago last Sunday from Denver, and a daughter, Mrs. Matie Chenery, now at Lincoln.  The dec eased was a member of the A.O.U.W, which order took charge of the funeral, which took place yersterday at 2:30 p.m. from the M.E. church.

"[Mrs. Matie Chenery has nearly recovered - EDITOR BLADE.]"

The source citation for this obituary is:

"D.J. SMITH DEAD," obituary, Concordia [Kansas] Blade, 11 May 1894, page 3, column 2, Devier J. Smith obituary; ( : accessed 18 June 2018).

There are hundreds of articles about Devier J. (or D.J.) Smith in Kansas and Nebraska.  D.J.'s family resided in Concordia, Kansas from about 1873 to 1885, and has several Concordia newspapers.  They lived in McCook, Nebraska from 1885 to 1894, but obtained and owned property in Cheyenne County, Kansas, and has several newspapers from that county.

A user of can download (click "Save") the entire page with an article of interest as a JPG or PDF.  I chose JPG, and the file size was 3.3 mB.

A user can also "Clip" the article of interest, and that had to be saved as a PDF (file size 164 kb), shown below:

That system works pretty well, but the print quality depends on the original newspaper and the size of the clipping file.

I had an obituary for Devier J. Smith from another newspaper service with another McCook newspaper which did not have some of the detail in the article above, especially the names and location of his children.

Devier J. Smith is my second great-grandfather, and I am descended through his daughter Della A. (Smith) Carringer.


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Monday Genea-Pourri - 18 June 2018

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

1)  Subscribed (finally) to, starting with a seven day free trial.  
I am methodically going through the names in my ancestor list, and my CVGS project list, and have found many useful articles, and posted one of them on Genea-Musings.  

2)   Moderated the CVGS Research Group on Wednesday, with 12 in attendance.  I discussed the SCGS Jamboree, search problems, and using MyHeritage DNA matches. The others dscussed their research and DNA challenges and successes.

3)  Linda's brother Paul asked me about their 23andMe DNA matches, and I reviewed their results with him via email.  I also downloaded Linda's raw data and uploaded it to MyHeritage, which produced over 3,000 matches within five days. 

4)  Transcribed another Henry White deed from Killingly, Connecticut, which I collected at the Family History Library in late February, and used it for Amanuensis Monday this week.

5)  Edited my two July presentations for SDGS again and started work on the syllabi.  I then have two more presentations to prepare for the end of September at CVGS.

6)  Participated in today's Mondays With Myrt discussion webinar.  We discussed the 1939 Register, dealing with duplicate profiles in software, backing up trees, Family Tree Maker sync problems, Ancestry server transition to Amazon Web Service, benefits of desktop vs. online trees, AmericanAncestors Mayflower database, the MyHeritage breach, RootsFinder, and more.  

7)  Made more progress on my genealogy project - I am researching the ancestry of a local personality, and will present what I find at the CVGS Family History Day in September.  I TreeShared and worked through one session of adding Ancestry Hints to the RootsMagic tree, which has grown to 352 persons with 866 citations.  I need to go to the FamilySearch Library this Saturday to find English parish records on digital microfilm to show in the presentation.  

8) There were two sessions working in RootsMagic to update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and other database families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 24,128 of my persons with FSFT.  I now have 50,179 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 94,495 source citations.   I TreeShared twice during the last week.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 64,175 waiting to be resolved, but I'm working on them.

9)  Have 290 Shared Ancestors on my AncestryDNA list (I had 289 last week), 900 4th cousins or closer (up from 897 last week), and 834 pages (over 41,650 matches with at least 5 cM) (was 829 pages last week) of  matches.  I have 13 matches that are third cousins or closer, and 100 matches with 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 100 last week).  My highest match has 779 cM (11.5%), and is one of my first cousins.  I have 20 DNA Circles (was 20 last week).  My ethnicity estimate has not been modified yet.

10)  Have 3,970 DNA Matches on MyHeritage (up from 3,935 last week) with at least 8 cM (0.12%), with 22 matches with more than 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 22 last week).  I have three close relatives, one a first cousin once removed, and two first cousins twice removed.  The highest match is 512 cM (7.1%).

11)  Have 979 DNA Relatives on 23andMe (I had 1,037 last week) who share at least 0.10% with me.  The two closest relatives are third cousins.  Of these, only 2 share 1.0% or more, and 45 share 0.50% or more (was 45 last week), with the highest match being 1.54%. My highest match is an adoptee.  I struggle to find out anything about most of these testers.

12)  Have 2,671 autosomal DNA Matches on FamilyTreeDNA (up from 2,654 last week) who share 0.25% (18 cM) or more, with the highest match being 96 cM (1.42%).  I have 12 who share at least 1.0% (68 cM) with me, and 1,444 who share at least 0.50% (34 cM) or more (was 1,435 last  week) with me.

13) Wrote 19 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which one was a press release.  The most popular post last week was "Genealogy News Bytes - 15 June 2018" with over 215 views.  I


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Amanuensis Monday - Post #433: 1851 Deed of Henry A. White to Plina Mitchell in Killingly, Conn.

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is from the Killingly, Connecticut Deed records for an 1851 deed of Henry A. White selling land to Plina Mitchell:

The transcription of the deed (on the right-hand side of the image above) is:

To all people to whom these presents shall come Greeting. Know ye that I
Henry A. White of Killingly in the County of Windham and State of Connecticut for
the consideration of one hundred and fifty dollars received to my full satisfaction
of Plina Mitchell of said Killingly, Do give, grant, bargain, sell and confirm unto the
said Plina Mitchell of said Killingly one undivided half of a certain tract a parcel
of land situated lying and being in said Town of Killingly, bounded & described
as follows viz. Northerly on land of Samson Covell. Westerly on land of William
Harrington and land of Otis Basto. Southerly on land of Arba Covell and land
of Samson Covell. Easterly on lands of Calvin Cutler, Otis Basto, Arba Covell
and containing by estimation fifty four acres be it the same more or less, with a
dwelling house, Barn and other out-houses thereon standing. The said tract or
parcel of land above described of which an undivided half is herein conveyed being
the same and all the same land which was conveyed to my father Jonathan White
by Joseph Arnold by deed bearing date the 9^th day of May AD 1837 to which reference
may be had for a more particular description.

To have and to hold the above granted and bargained premises, with the appurtenances
thereof unto her the said Plina Mitchell her heirs & assigns forever to her and their own
proper use and behoof. And also I the said Henry A. White do for myself my heirs
executors and administrators, covenant with the said Plina Mitchell, her heirs and
assigns that at and until the unsealing of these presents I am well seized of the
premises as a good indefensible estate in fee simple and have good right to bargain and
sell the same in manner & form as is above written, and that the same is free from
all incumbrances whatsoever. And furthermore I the said Henry A. White do by
these presents bind myself and my heirs forever to warrant and defend the above
granted and bargained premises to her the said Plina Mitchell her heirs and assigns
against all claims and demands whatsoever. Provided always & this deed is upon
condition that whereas the said Henry A. White is justly indebted to the above named
Plina Mitchell in the sum of One hundred and fifty dollars in and by his certain
promissory note bearing even date herewith in and by which said Note the said White
promises the said Plina Mitchell to pay to her or her ???? for value received the said
sum of one hundred & fifty dollars, two years from date with interest annually. Now if
the said White shall well & truly pay said Note according to the term and effect
thereof then this deed to be null & void, otherwise to be & remain in full force as wit?? in the law.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this
18^th day of April in the year of our Lord 1851.

Signed sealed and delivered
in presence of                                                Henry A. White {L.S.}
Daniel Mitchell
Earl Martin

Windham County SS. Killingly April 18^th AD 1851 Personally
appeared Henry A. White signed and sealed of the foregoing instrument and
acknowledged the same to be his free act and deed before me.
                                                      Earl Martin Justice of the Peace
Recorded April 18^th 1851         }
by John J. Warren Town Clerk }

The source citation for this deed is:

Killingly (Connecticut) Town Clerk, Land Records, 1709-1907; General Index, 1709-1908, "Land records, Vol. 37-39, 1850-1857," Volume 37, page 69, Henry A. White to Plina Mitchell, 18 April 1851, recorded 18 April 1851; accessed on Family History Library microfilm US/CAN 1450885; original records in Danielson, Conn. town hall.

There are a number of deeds for my 2nd great-grandfather Henry A. White (1824-1885) in the Killingly, Connecticut land records.  These records are recorded in the Connecticut towns rather than in the county records.  

This is the first deed recorded in Killingly town records for Henry A. White.  The deed clearly states that the land was conveyed to his father, Jonathan White (1803-1850) in 1837.  Jonathan White, in his will dated 18 April 1850 and proved on 27 April 1850, directed that his two sons receive all of his real estate in Connecticut and Rhode Island, and also that they pay their sister $200 one year after their mother's decease.  This deed may have been drawn to establish the fact that Henry A. White owned this parcel (perhaps he and his brother Albert White agreed to a division of the land).

In addition, Henry A. White writes a promissory note to the grantee Plina (Paulina?) Mitchell for the $150 purchase of the land, payable in two years after the date of sale.  

The names of the neighbors of this parcel may help me find a map of the property owners in this time frame to try to figure out the location of the land in Killingly.

Henry A. White (1824-1885) was a son of Jonathan and Miranda (Wade) White of Killingly.  He married Amy Frances Oatley (1826-1864) in 1844 in Thompson, Connecticut.   Their daughter, Julia E. White (1848-1913), who married Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) is my great-grandmother.  


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, June 17, 2018

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 10 to 16 June 2018

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:

Family Photo Geneameme by Linda Stufflebean on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.

Pennsylvania Genealogy Brick Wall Strategies by Sunny Morton on Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems blog.

*  Chromosome Browsers for Genealogy: What Are They and Why Are They Useful? by Candace Camilo on the Legacy Tree Genealogists blog.

About That Copyright Notice by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.

*  How to Locate Hidden Genealogical Gems on by Will Moneymaker on the blog.

Search Those Siblings! by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog.

*  Do You Have A Collection? Did One Of Your Ancestors? by Ellen Thompson-Jennings on the Hound On the Hunt blog.

*  Preserving Old Black Paper Photo Albums by Melissa Barker on the A Genealogist in the Archives blog. 

Genealogy is the Joy of Names by DiAnn Iamarino on the Fortify Your Family Tree blog.

A Family History Mission:  The Oddities and Unusual by James Tanner on the Rejoice, and Be Exceeding Glad,,, blog.

*  Setting Portfolio Writing Goals by Jill Morelli on the Genealogy Certification: My Personal Journal blog.

Father's Day Memories: Lessons From Dad by Lisa Alzo on The Accidental Genealogist blog.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

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

*  High Fives, June 15, 2018 by Dianne Nolin on the Genealogy: Beyond the BMD blog.

*  Friday Finds, 15 June 2018 by Lois Willis on the Lois Willis - Genealogy and Family History blog.

Friday Fossicking, 15th June 2018 by Crissouli on the That Moment in Time blog.

This Week's Creme de la Creme -- June 16, 2018 by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

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 am currently 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 or Updated Record Collections - Week of 10 to 16 June 2018

The following collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections list on during the period from 10 to 16 June 2018 

The collections added or updated since last week include:

U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s; indexed database without digital images, Updated 6/13/2018

Wisconsin, State Censuses, 1855-1905; indexed database with digital images, Updated 6/13/2018

The complete Card Catalog is at 

By my count, there were 0 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,776 collections available as of 16 June, an increase of  from last week.  Looking at the Card Catalog, there were three collections added on 14 June, and several were updated on 14 June.  Those are not reflected in the New and Updated list for some reason.  I will try to pick them up next week.


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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Added or Updated Record Collections at - Week of 10 to 16 June 2018

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

As of 16 June 2018, there were 2,328 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):

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

--- Collections Added

Idaho, Jerome County Historical Society, Minidoka Japanese Relocation Center Military Records, 1942-1945        (; 1,469 indexed records with 1,469 record images, ADDED 12 Jun 2018

*  Utah, Delayed Birth Certificates, 1900-1960     (; 27,347 indexed records with 27,347 record images, ADDED 14 Jun 2018

*  Denmark, Copenhagen City, Burial Registers, 1805-1968   (; 3,571 indexed records with 3,571 record images, ADDED 11 Jun 2018

--- Collections Updated ---

*  Peru, Ɓncash, Civil Registration, 1888-2005     (; 224 indexed records with 903,067 record images (was 224 records with 903,067 images), Updated 11 Jun 2018

*  South Africa, Cape Province, Probate Records of the Master of the High Court, 1834-1989 (; 1,475,888 indexed records with 1,167,010 record images (was 446,780 records with 1,167,010 images), Updated 12 Jun 2018

*  Iowa, Old Age Assistance Records, 1934-1958     (; Index only (817,662 records), no images (was 810,788 records with 0 images), Updated 13 Jun 2018

*  Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1880     (; 17,958 indexed records with 48,947 record images (was 10,443 records with 48,947 images), Updated 12 Jun 2018

*  Italy, Asti, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1803-1814, 1911-1935   (; 60,441 indexed records with 279,461 record images (was 59,527 records with 279,461 images), Updated 13 Jun 2018

*  Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1935  (; 13,876,376 indexed records with 1,624,867 record images (was 13,876,376 records with 1,624,867 images), Updated 14 Jun 2018

*  Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015      (; 527,664 indexed records with 3,327,853 record images (was 527,664 records with 3,327,853 images), Updated 13 Jun 2018

*  Albania Census, 1930    (; 11,721 indexed records with 3,899 record images (was 0 records with 3,899 images), Updated 15 Jun 2018

*  Chile, Civil Registration, 1885-1932    (; 3,789,272 indexed records with 1,623,199 record images (was 3,788,254 records with 1,623,199 images), Updated 14 Jun 2018

*  District of Columbia, Glenwood Cemetery Records, 1854-2013      (; Browse 52,042 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 52,042 images), Updated 14 Jun 2018

*  Italy, Rieti, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1840-1945     (; 136,350 indexed records with 448,819 record images (was 136,292 records with 448,819 images), Updated 13 Jun 2018

*  Italy, Pescara, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1929   (; 441,553 indexed records with 2,022,109 record images (was 417,032 records with 2,022,109 images), Updated 13 Jun 2018

*  Germany, Prussia, Westphalia, Minden, Miscellaneous Collections from the Municipal Archives, 1574-1912  (; 90,358 indexed records with 7,654 record images (was 89,678 records with 7,654 images), Updated 15 Jun 2018

*  Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 868,841 indexed records with 80,929 record images (was 825,065 records with 0 images), Updated 13 Jun 2018

*  Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Public Records   (; 5,886,927 indexed records with 5,886,927 record images (was 481,583 records with 481,583 images), Updated 11 Jun 2018

*  New Brunswick Late Registration of Births, 1810-1899    (; Browse 24,015 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 24,015 images), Updated 14 Jun 2018

*  Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965       (; 1,678,119 indexed records with 90,516 record images (was 1,651,891 records with 64,300 images), Updated 15 Jun 2018

*  Italy, Brescia, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1797-1943   (; 90,016 indexed records with 620,801 record images (was 66,115 records with 620,801 images), Updated 13 Jun 2018

*  Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011     (; 2,017,648 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 2,008,677 records with 1,454,787 images), Updated 14 Jun 2018

*  Missouri, Confederate Pension Applications and Soldiers Home Applications, 1911-1938    (; 1,759 indexed records with 27,874 record images (was 0 records with 27,874 images), Updated 13 Jun 2018

--- Collections with new images ---

*  Germany, Baden, Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau, Catholic Church Records, 1678-1930 (; 2,834,539 indexed records with 527,596 record images (was 2,834,539 records with 0 images),  6 Jun 2018

--- Collections with records removed ---

*  Nevada Marriage Index, 1956-2005        (; Index only (5,069,623 records), no images (was 5,069,624 records with 0 images),  6 Nov 2013

*  California Marriage Index, 1960-1985    (; Index only (4,879,215 records), no images (was 4,879,216 records with 0 images),  6 Dec 2011

*  California Birth Index, 1905-1995       (; Index only (24,589,502 records), no images (was 24,589,503 records with 0 images),  1 Mar 2012


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 and use a keyword (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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