Monday, October 25, 2021

Amanuensis Monday -- 1776 Deed of Norman Sever Selling Land in Westminster, Massachusetts to Joseph Spalding

 This week's document for transcription is the 1776 land deed record for Norman Sever, yeoman of Shrewsbury, selling 5 acre of land in Westminster, Worcester County, Massachusetts to Joseph Spalding for 10 pounds lawful money.

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds - Volume 77, Page 35]:

The transcription of this deed is (starting at the top of the left-hand page of the image):

Know all People To Whom these Presents shall
Come Greeting Know ye that I Norman Sever in the County
of Worcester Yeoman and in Consideration of the Sum of
Ten pounds to me in hand before the Ensealing hereof well and
truly paid by Joseph Spalden of Westminster in the County
of Worcester housewright The Receipt whereof I do hereby Ack-
nowledge and myself therewith fully Satisfyed and Contented
and share of and of every part and parcel thereof Do Exonerate
Acquit and Discharge him the said Joseph Spalding his
heirs Executors and Adm'r for ever by these presents have
given, granted sold alienated Conveyed and Confirmed and
by these Presents do freely fully and Absolutely give, grant
bargain Sell alien Convey and Confirm unto him the
Said Joseph Spalding his heirs and Assigns forever A
Certain Tract of Land lying in the Northardly part of
said Westminster and Contains five Acres and One hun'd
rod and bounded as follows, begining at rock Maple tree
and runs South eighty three rod on land of said Spalding to
Stake then turns Northeast and runs Ten Rod to heap of
Stones then North nine Deg'r fifty eight rod to heap of
Stones then turns West forty four Deg'r North Seventy five rod
and half to the bounds first Mentioned.  To have and to hold
the said Granted and bargained Premises with all Appur-
tenances priviledges and Commodities to the Same belonging
or in any wise Appertaining to him the said Joseph Spal-
ding his heirs and Assigns forever to his & their only proper
use benefit and behoof forever and I the said Norman Sever
for myself my heirs Executors and Adm's Do covenant pro-
mise and Grant to and with said Joseph Spalding his heirs
and assigns that before the Ensealing hereof I am the true
Sole and lawful Owner of the above bargained premises
and am lawfully Seized and possessed of the ^same^ in my Own
proper right as a good perfect an Absolute Estate of Inher-
itance in fee Simple and have in myself good right
full power and Lawful Authority to grant bargain Sell
Convey and confirm said bargained premises in Manner
as aforesaid and that the said Joseph Spalding his heirs
Assigns shall and may from time to time and at all
times forever hereafter by force and Virtue of these pre-
sents lawfuly peaceably and Quietly have hold Use
Occupy possess and enjoy the said demised and bargain'd
premises with the Appurtenances free and Clear and
freely and clearly Acquited Exonerated and Discharged
from all and all Manner of former gifts grants bar-
gains Sales Leases Mortgages Wills Entails Jointures
Dowries Judgments Executions or Incumbrances of
what Name or Nature soever that might in any
Measure or Degree Obstruct or make Void this present
Deed.  Furthermore I the Norman for myself for my Execut'r
and Adm'r Do Covenant and engage the Above demi-
sed premises to him the said Joseph Spalding his
heirs and assigns Against the lawful Claims or demands 
of any Person Whatsoever forever hereafter to Warrant Secure
and Defend by these presents.  In Witness Whereof I have to set
my hand and Seal this fifth Day of July One thousand Seven
hundred Seventy Six.                          Norman Sever     {seal}
Signed Sealed & Deliv'd           }
in Presence of us                       }
John Miles  Edward Jackson }   Worcester ss July 5'th 1776 Then
the within Named Norman Sever Personaly Appeared and
Acknowledged the within Written Instrument to be his
free Act and Deed before me  Nicholas Dike Just Peace
Rec'd April 28'th 1777 Ent'd & Ex'd   pr  Natha'n Baldwin Reg'r

The source citation for this land record is:

"Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 3 October 2021), Worcester County, "Deeds 1776-1778, vol. 75-77," Volume 77, Page 35 (image 489 of 650), deed of  Norman Sever to Joseph Spalding, executed 5 July 1776, recorded 28 April 1777; citing original records in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a five acre piece of land in Westminster, Worcester County, that Norman Sever, yeoman of Westminster sold to Joseph Spalding, housewright of Westminster, for 10 pounds lawful money on 5 July 1776 (and recorded on 28 April 1777).  The land was adjacent to Joseph Spaldings land in Shrewsbury.

Norman Sever (1734-1787) was the son of Robert and Eunice (Rayment) Sever of Sudbury and Westminster, Massachusetts.  He married Sarah Read (1736-1809) on 14 March 1755 in Sudbury, and they had thirteen children.  Norman and Sarah (Read) Sever are my 5th great-grandparents through their son Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816).


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."

Read other transcriptions for records of my ancestors at Amanuensis Monday Posts.

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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Chula Vista Genealogical Society Meeting on Wednesday, 27 October Features Peggy Clemens Lauritzen

 Wednesday, 27 October 2021, 12 noon PDT

CVGS General Meeting (in a Zoom Video Conference)

"The Scots-Irish Migration into America”
presented by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen

Many Americans can trace their ancestry back to the British Isles. Some have even heard that their background was “Scotch-Irish.” This presentation will focus on the “Scots-Irish.” Just who are they and what brought them to America? Why did they settle in New York, Canada, New England, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the Appalachian frontier?

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen has been an Accredited Genealogist for nearly twenty-five years, and has been involved in genealogy research her entire life. She is the author of several Legacy QuickGuides on Appalachia, an instructor at Ancestry Academy and Family Tree University, an instructor at several GRIP and SLIG courses, and a columnist for Reminisce magazine. In 2018, she was the recipient of the Laura G. Prescott Award for Exemplary Service to Professional Genealogy and became a Fellow of the Ohio Genealogical Society. She is a former researcher at Ancestry ProGenealogists.

Attendance is free but only 100 seats are available, so please register soon.

This program will be held online using the Zoom video conferencing platform for Meetings. A Zoom meeting invitation will be sent via email to CVGS members on 25 October.  Please note that the meeting starts at 12 noon Pacific Daylight Time (3 p.m. Eastern time, 2 p.m. Central time, 1 p.m. Mountain time).  The Zoom Meeting room will be open by 11:45 a.m. for visiting and helping attendees connect.

This invitation is available to non-members by registering at If you register before Tuesday morning, you will receive an email on Tuesday with the link to JOIN.  Attendance is limited to 100 attendees.  Contact if you have problems or register too late for the email.

NOTE:  The Chula Vista Genealogical Society offers an email membership of $10 per year for distant members (outside of San Diego County, California).  Besides the monthly General Meeting with a program on last Wednesdays, there is a monthly Research Group meeting on second Wednesdays and a DNA Interest Group meeting on the third Wednesdays, plus a monthly 10-page email newsletter chock full of program announcements, research tips and program reviews.


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Best of the Genea-Blogs - 17 to 23 October 2021

 Scores 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:

Digging Deep to Find My Roots by Paul Chiddicks on The Chiddicks Family Tree.

*  Location, Location Location: Changing Names and Jurisdictions & Finding Records by Kelly Wheaton on Wheaton Wood.

*  More Resources for Irish Research for Family History Month by Donna Moughty on Irish Family Roots.

*  AutoSegment Triangulation Cluster Tool at GEDmatch by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy.

Mastering Chronicling America's Advanced Search by Kenneth Marks on The Ancestor Hunt.

*  How Many Genealogically Significant Records have been digitized? by James Tanner on Genealogy's Star.

Are You My Cousin? Some Thoughts About Our Shared DNA... by Karen on Road 13 Family History.

CRI Genetics | DNA Test Reviews by Diahan Southard on Your DNA Guide.

Accident or Murder? The Death of Wlliam Shoults by Jen Rickards on Auntie Jen's Genealogy.

RM8 Source Templates by Marcia Philbrick on Heartland Genealogy.

Sideways Genealogy by John Grenham on John Grenham - Irish Roots.

An Elizabeth Shown Mills Bibliography by Gena Philibert-Ortega on Legacy News.

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 22nd Oct 2021 by Crissouili on That Moment In Time.

* This Week's Creme de la Creme - October 23, 2021  by Gail Dever on Genealogy a la Carte,

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and  read their articles, and add the 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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NGS Seeks Nominations for National Genealogy Hall of Fame

 I received this information from Ann Staley of NGS recently:


National Genealogical Society Seeks Nominations

for National Genealogy Hall of Fame

The National Genealogy Hall of Fame is an educational project sponsored by the National Genealogical Society (NGS). The entire genealogical community is invited to participate in this project – through annual elections to the National Genealogical Hall of Fame, we honor those individuals of the past who made significant contributions to genealogy and set the high standards by which we work today.

Would your society like to honor a genealogist whose unique, pioneering, or exemplary work lives on today? Perhaps there was a notable genealogist in your state or county whose name should be memorialized in the National Genealogy Hall of Fame. If so, NGS and the National Genealogy Hall of Fame would like to hear from you. They are seeking nominations from the entire genealogical community for persons whose achievements or contributions have made an impact on the field. This educational program increases appreciation of the dedication and useful advancements achieved by committed genealogists whose work paved the way for researchers today. This is an opportunity for your nominee to receive National exposure for their contributions to genealogy.

A nomination for election to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame must be made by a genealogical society or similar organization on the official nomination form and National Genealogical Society (NGS) affiliation is not required of nominees, nominating societies, or electors. Thirty-six outstanding genealogists have been recognized for their contributions since 1986. Those elected are permanently commemorated in the virtual Hall of Fame on the NGS website. See

The formal Call for Nominations can be downloaded at

Deadline for all submissions is 15 December 2021. Official nomination forms are available from the NGS website ( or by contacting the  National Genealogical Society, 6400 Arlington Blvd, Suite 810, Falls Church, VA 22042-2318; phone 1-800-473-0060.


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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- A Baby or Small Child Photograph

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:
It's Saturday Night again -
Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):

1)  Do you have baby or small child photographs of yourself or your parents?  Please share one of them.

2)  Share it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook.  Be sure to leave a comment with a link to your blog post on this post.

Here's mine:

I have had this photo montage on our hallway wall for 46 years and have never taken a photo of it.  This is not the earliest photo I have of me, but it's the earliest I have of "only me" in my collection - the earlier ones are of me being held by my mother and another by my father that I have shared in other SNGF posts.

This photograph has a date of October 14, 1944 on it, so it was taken when I was almost one year old.

I did not want to take it out of the frame and had to photograph it on the bedroom floor with the CamScanner app on my iPhone, edited it, and transferred it to my computer via email, and edited it again.

Here is another photograph of me taken in 1945 when I was two years old (colorized and enhanced with MyHeritage photo tools):


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 16 to 22 October 2021

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  16 to 22 October 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Rhode Island, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1582-1932; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/21/2021

Wisconsin, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1800-1987; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/21/2021

Vermont, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1749-1999; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/21/2021

Nebraska, Wills and Probate Records, 1806-1989; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/21/2021

Kentucky, U.S., Naturalization Records, 1906-1991; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/21/2021

Kansas, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1803-1987; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/21/2021

Connecticut, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/21/2021

Hawaii, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1822-1962; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/21/2021

Peoria County, Illinois, U.S., Deaths 1878-1915; indexed records with record images, ADDED    10/21/2021

Peoria County, Illinois, U.S., Births 1878-1915; indexed records with record images, ADDED    10/21/2021

New York, New York, U.S., Bodies in Transit, 1859-1894; indexed records without record images, ADDED 10/20/2021

Brazil, Civil Registration, 1870-2012; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/20/2021

Jamaica, Civil Registration Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1878-1995; indexed records without record images, Updated 10/20/2021

New York State, U.S., Death Index, 1957-1969; indexed records without record images, Updated 10/20/2021

Argentina, National Census, 1895; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/20/2021

1871 England Census; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/20/2021

United States Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Patents, 1970-2019; indexed records without record images, ADDED 10/19/2021

Washington, U.S., Naturalizations, 1853-1980; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/19/2021

Oregon, U.S., State Deaths, 1864-1968; indexed records with record images, ADDED 10/18/2021

Plymouth, Massachusetts, U.S., Directories, 1890, 1893; indexed records without record images, Updated 10/18/2021


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 5 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,064 collections available as of 22 October, an increase of  2 from last week.   Were three other collections removed this past week?  I wonder which ones.


Disclosure: I have a complimentary all-access subscription from, for which I am thankful. 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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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 16 to 22 October 2021

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

As of 22 October 2021, there are 3,039 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added ---

*  Puerto Rico Slave Registers, 1863-1879 (; 136,200 indexed records with 136,200 record images, ADDED 21-Oct-2021
*  Cuba, Church Records, 1584-1918 (; 2,086 indexed records with 2,086 record images, ADDED 21-Oct-2021
*  United States, Selected GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 (; 222,014 indexed records with 222,014 record images, ADDED 18-Oct-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929 (; 271,491 indexed records with 2,284 record images (was 271,351 records with 2,283 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Mexico, Guanajuato, Catholic Church Records, 1519-1984 (; 9,184,170 indexed records with 4,584,983 record images (was 9,163,937 records with 4,584,983 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Mexico, Chiapas, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1978 (; 1,495,134 indexed records with 968,865 record images (was 1,493,334 records with 968,865 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Mexico, Jalisco, Civil Registration, 1857-2000 (; 7,851,680 indexed records with 3,955,679 record images (was 7,717,010 records with 3,955,679 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980 (; 1,673,783 indexed records with 5,864,285 record images (was 1,640,502 records with 5,864,285 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021

Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960 (; 158,200 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 156,932 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 609,901 indexed records with 257,354 record images (was 605,502 records with 255,497 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Mexico, Chihuahua, Catholic Church Records, 1632-1958 (; 849,867 indexed records with 378,612 record images (was 847,688 records with 378,612 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 5,497,327 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 5,495,596 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
United Kingdom, Outgoing Passenger Lists, 1890-1960 (; 24,113,046 indexed records with 24,113,046 record images (was 13,630,499 records with 13,630,499 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021

Mexico, Campeche, Catholic Church Records, 1638-1944 (; 448,795 indexed records with 189,697 record images (was 443,391 records with 189,697 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Mexico, Veracruz, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1978 (; 2,877,542 indexed records with 2,563,917 record images (was 2,865,648 records with 2,563,917 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 3,952,769 indexed records with 253,584 record images (was 3,882,812 records with 250,381 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Hungary, Jewish Vital Records Index, 1800-1945 (; 71,638 indexed records with 1,272 record images (was 68,855 records with 1,272 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977 (; 1,564,174 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 1,563,382 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021

India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990 (; 13,440 indexed records with 39,904 record images (was 8,851 records with 39,904 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Ecuador, Cemetery Records, 1862-2019 (; 379,508 indexed records with 337,786 record images (was 373,732 records with 335,711 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (329,116 records), no images (was 325,195 records with 0 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Tuvalu, Vital Records, 1866-1979 (; 24,536 indexed records with 3,224 record images (was 17,726 records with 1,708 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 (; 572,378 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 568,541 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021

Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 (; 1,096,025 indexed records with 72,497 record images (was 1,090,152 records with 72,038 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Peru, Moquegua, Civil Registration, 1850-1996 (; 22,931 indexed records with 23,535 record images (was 22,077 records with 23,535 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885 (; 78,398 indexed records with 19,747 record images (was 77,607 records with 18,958 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 784,132 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 784,025 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Mexico, Guerrero, Civil Registration, 1860-1996 (; 2,668,436 indexed records with 1,550,638 record images (was 2,665,704 records with 1,550,638 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021

Mexico, Nuevo León, Catholic Church Records, 1667-1981 (; 1,208,900 indexed records with 447,381 record images (was 1,206,038 records with 447,381 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1981 (; 221,881 indexed records with 4,668,489 record images (was 218,962 records with 4,668,489 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Mexico, Tlaxcala, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1994 (; 769,407 indexed records with 1,012,693 record images (was 758,542 records with 1,012,693 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 7,364,005 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 7,265,320 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Indiana Marriages, 1811-2019 (; 5,234,218 indexed records with 1,259,299 record images (was 5,233,542 records with 1,259,299 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021

Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1935 (; 13,911,274 indexed records with 1,615,473 record images (was 13,903,961 records with 1,615,473 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Mexico, Coahuila, Civil Registration, 1861-1998 (; 2,356,090 indexed records with 1,179,899 record images (was 2,333,593 records with 1,179,899 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Mexico, Durango, Civil Registration, 1861-1995 (; 1,717,723 indexed records with 1,042,146 record images (was 1,669,279 records with 1,042,146 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546-1971 (; 5,319,101 indexed records with 1,750,627 record images (was 5,307,899 records with 1,750,627 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 232,285 indexed records with 26,416 record images (was 217,158 records with 25,252 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021

South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 521,141 indexed records with 502,232 record images (was 514,249 records with 495,500 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Mexico Baptisms, 1560-1950 (; Index only (30,430,136 records), no images (was 30,429,101 records with 0 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Mexico, México, Catholic Church Records, 1567-1970 (; 4,347,320 indexed records with 4,823,124 record images (was 4,304,096 records with 4,823,124 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Mexico, Zacatecas, Catholic Church Records, 1605-1980 (; 2,542,557 indexed records with 1,663,800 record images (was 2,540,121 records with 1,663,800 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990 (; 60,957 indexed records with 2,280,204 record images (was 34,849 records with 2,280,204 images), UPDATED 19-Oct-2021

Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 7,480,610 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 7,480,610 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Mexico, Chihuahua, Civil Registration, 1861-1997 (; 2,486,268 indexed records with 1,561,583 record images (was 2,447,416 records with 1,561,583 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Delaware Marriage Records, 1913-1954 (; 112,894 indexed records with 127,218 record images (was 112,894 records with 127,218 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 4,074,176 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 4,071,176 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977 (; 4,032,757 indexed records with 1,160,338 record images (was 4,021,784 records with 1,160,338 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021

Mexico, Sinaloa, Civil Registration, 1861-1929 (; 1,036,138 indexed records with 1,403,105 record images (was 1,040,602 records with 1,403,105 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Mexico, Distrito Federal, Civil Registration, 1832-2005 (; 7,057,952 indexed records with 4,936,321 record images (was 6,972,582 records with 4,936,321 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 (; 7,774,095 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 7,752,283 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Virginia, Vital Records, 1715-1901 (; 29,354 indexed records with 1,267 record images (was 16,844 records with 443 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,221,006 indexed records with 1,960,377 record images (was 7,220,807 records with 1,970,725 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021

Mexico, Guanajuato, Civil Registration, 1862-1930 (; 2,820,254 indexed records with 1,413,921 record images (was 2,818,856 records with 1,413,921 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Washington, County Death Registers, 1881-1979 (; 169,748 indexed records with 2,434 record images (was 152,455 records with 773 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 (; 4,543,233 indexed records with 4,476,649 record images (was 4,543,233 records with 4,476,649 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Mexico, Oaxaca, Civil Registration, 1861-2002 (; 5,329,226 indexed records with 3,865,729 record images (was 5,198,389 records with 3,865,729 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,566,980 indexed records with 115,735 record images (was 1,563,567 records with 115,616 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021

Mexico, Colima, Civil Registration, 1860-1997 (; 440,658 indexed records with 225,991 record images (was 436,868 records with 225,991 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Mexico, Nayarit, Catholic Church Records, 1596-1967 (; 563,744 indexed records with 499,694 record images (was 563,547 records with 499,694 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Mexico, Sonora, Civil Registration, 1861-1995 (; 1,163,706 indexed records with 745,080 record images (was 1,054,573 records with 745,080 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Catholic Church Records, 1750-1984 (; 95,952 indexed records with 29,943 record images (was 90,810 records with 29,943 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Mexico, Chiapas, Civil Registration, 1861-1990 (; 2,110,670 indexed records with 1,526,718 record images (was 2,048,120 records with 1,526,718 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 477,710 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 476,366 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Mexico, Yucatán, Civil Registration, 1860-2005 (; 2,612,577 indexed records with 1,521,336 record images (was 2,600,103 records with 1,521,336 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1989 (; 459,438 indexed records with 2,733 record images (was 439,317 records with 2,733 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Dominican Republic Miscellaneous Records, 1921-1980 (; 460,394 indexed records with 760,173 record images (was 460,302 records with 760,173 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Paraguay, Military Records, 1870-1965 (; 157,121 indexed records with 156,003 record images (was 147,339 records with 146,231 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021

Washington, County Naturalization Records, 1850-1982 (; 164,265 indexed records with 170,198 record images (was 164,187 records with 170,198 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 35,362 indexed records with 123,451 record images (was 33,846 records with 120,284 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Mexico, Tamaulipas, Civil Registration, 1800-2002 (; 1,310,613 indexed records with 1,184,297 record images (was 1,307,274 records with 1,184,297 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988 (; Browse 40,337 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 40,337 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971 (; 3,537,384 indexed records with 13,167,402 record images (was 3,537,384 records with 13,161,458 images), last updated 20-Jan-2021
New York, Church Records, 1660-1954 (; 127,105 indexed records with 6,354 record images (was 127,105 records with 6,339 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021

--- Collections with images removed ---

Ireland Civil Registration, 1845-1913 (; 3,629,263 indexed records with 166 record images (was 3,629,263 records with 309,616 images), last updated 23-Sep-2021
Massachusetts, Church Records, 1630-1943 (; 9,337 indexed records with 323 record images (was 9,337 records with 472 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021
Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985 (; 191,136 indexed records with 3,361 record images (was 191,136 records with 4,576 images), last updated 08-May-2019
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 303,318 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 307,288 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900 (; 527,525 indexed records with 226,382 record images (was 527,525 records with 226,446 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020

--- Collections with new records ---

Mexico, Sonora, Catholic Church Records, 1657-1994 (; 547,063 indexed records with 383,518 record images (was 540,661 records with 383,518 images), last updated 15-Oct-2021
Mexico, Colima, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1969 (; 343,772 indexed records with 228,566 record images (was 338,492 records with 228,566 images), last updated 15-Oct-2021

--- Collections with records removed ---

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,333 records), no images (was 875,610,336 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020
Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 (; Index only (17,102,137 records), no images (was 17,102,138 records with 0 images), last updated 17-Feb-2012


My friend and SDGS colleague, Marshall, provides this list to me from a program he wrote that compares the current FamilySearch record collections list to the previous week's list.

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 keywords (e.g. "church england") to find collections with those keywords.

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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Friday, October 22, 2021

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 22 October 2021

Welcome to Genealogy News and Education Bytes, posted on Tuesday afternoon and Friday afternoon, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history news and education items that came across our desktop since the last issue.    

1)  News Articles:

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

3)  Genealogy Education -- Conferences and Institutes

4)  Genealogy Education - Seminars, Webinars and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 27 October, 11 a.m.:  Building Family Trees for Your DNA Matches, by Mary Eberle

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: My 20 Year Mystery – Finding family origins with Y-DNA, by Shellee Morehead

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Tech Zone - Convert a JPEG image to a Word Document using Google Drive, by Amie Bowser Tennant

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube and Facebook):

*  Lisa Louise Cooke Genealogy Gems:  Digital Preservation Library of Congress Style

7)  Did you miss the last post in this series -  Genealogy News and Education Bytes - 19 October 2021?


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