Monday, March 30, 2020

Monday Genea-Pourri - Week Ending 30 March 2020

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

1)  Participated in Saturday's SDGS DNA Interest Group meeting on Zoom, led by Colin Whitney.  Colin gave an overview of the latest DNA news, Robin gave a presentation on her experience with DNA Painter, and Colin provided a presentation on DNA Painter capabilities and his experience with it.  A three hour meeting.

2)  Participated in today's Mondays With Myrt on Zoom.  We discussed Norway artifacts with Liv, Niblings with Dave, the Family Book Creator plugin for Family Tree Maker, book publishing on Lulu, the latest MyHeritage news, Ancestry Library Edition, Maria's DNA match, my RootsMagic and John Richman posts, English records, and Hilary's Stephen Buckle profile on FamilySearch Family Tree.

3)  Watched the Streamlining Your Toolbox Cloud Applications, Strategies, & Workflows for Genealogists  webinar by Colleen Greene on the Virtual Genealogical Association website.

4)  Wrote and posted a biographical sketch of 7th great-grandfather #534 Josiah Wood (1687-1753) for my 52 Ancestors biographical sketch on Friday.  

5)  Transcribed the 1802 personal inventory of Phineas Brigham (1755-1802) of Westborough, Mass.  for Amanuensis Monday.  

6)  Added information and figures for the 6th generation to my William White Mayflower application.  I'm doing this in chapters - one for each generation. 

7)  Added Notes to about 20 more AncestryDNA matches with cM values, relationships and known common ancestors, and added four ThruLines to the RootsMagic family tree database.  Reviewed new DNA matches on AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.  

8)  Worked on a Whittle correspondent's line from Lancashire to Canada all week, adding names, events, dates, places, notes and sources to her family line.  She has many family stories, and has read my Whittle blog posts.  

9) There were several sessions working in the RootsMagic software program to match with and update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and my ancestral families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 34,883 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 180).

10)  Used Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and sources to my RootsMagic profiles.  I now have 56,683 persons in my RootsMagic file (up 132) , and 118,052 source citations (up 381).   I TreeShared three times this week updating 359 profiles, and I resolved 1,186 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 127,046 to be resolved, but I work on them weekly.    

11)  Wrote 20 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which two were a press release.  The most popular post last week was  Dear Randy: How do I Create a List of Persons Who died in 1918 in RootsMagic? with over 373 views.  

12)  We are still fine here at the Genea-cave, hunkered down and not going out much.  I went to the grocery store on Tuesday and Saturday, taking advantage of the early hours for seniors.  I watched the church choir and pastor's sermon on YouTube on Sunday.  Half of the back yard "lawn" was mowed on Sunday.  Other than that, it was stay-at-home on the computer and wash my hands a lot.  

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Amanuensis Monday -- 1802 Personal Inventory of Estate of Phineas Brigham (1755-1802) of Westborough, Mass.

This week's document is the 1802 Inventory to appraise the intestate estate of Phinehas Brigham (1755-1802) of Westborough, Massachusetts in Probate Packet 7,427 in Worcester County, Massachusetts.  

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The transcription of this personal Inventory  is:

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An Inventory of the Estate of Phinehas Brigham
late of Westborough in the county of Worcester deceased
appraised upon oath by us the subscribers, duly appointed
to that service by the Hon. Nathaniel Paine Esq'r Judge
of Probate of wills for said County, Viz. A Dwelling house
Situate and being on the Land of Jon'a Forbes which we appraise at
by the consent of the said Forbes










$ 20 . 00
Personal Estate we Appraise as followeth viz. Dol . Cents
1 Bed with the beding & curtains & the stead & bed cord @    13 . 00
I other old Bed with all the beding stead & cord @    11 . 00
3 old sheets 3.50 A pair of pillar cases 1.50      5 . 00
3 Table cloths 2.66 5 Towels 1.25      3 . 91
2 Platters 6 plates 1 Tea pot 16 Table and Tea spoons      3 . 40
1 q't Pot 1 ponger 1 Tea cannister & pepper box      0 . 40
Glass and Crockery ware 1.50 one case of Draws 6      7 . 50
Looking glass .50 one case of old bottles .75 old Juggs .40      1 . 65
Old iron ware 1.50 gridiron .75 bread trough & sive .50      2 . 75
Tin ware .40 wooden boxes & Bellows 1.00 flat iron .50      1 . 90
Fire stirr .75 skimmer lid pan & burning iron .50      1 . 25
½ case of knives & forks .40 a basket o& a number of old knives .50      0 . 90
Old basket .33 spools o& 4 shuttles 1.33 Cloath basket full of Rags
And 1 pair of Cards & one old bed pan .75


     2 . 00
13 Skaines of tow yarn and some Old bags .58      0 . 58
4 red Chairs 1.50 two Old Chairs .50 an old loom & warping band 1.50      3 . 50
A Large fire settle 1.00 Six Cyder Barrel 2.00      3 . 00
7 Dry carts 1.00 one meat tub .83 quill wheel real old Iron .75      2 . 58
A large Baize gown 1.50 one straight bodied Coat 1.00      2 . 50
A waistcoat 1.00 one Jackcoat .50      1 . 50
2 pair small Cloathes .92 three pair of Overhalls 1.66      2 . 58
3 pair of Socks .34 three flannel shirts 2.25      2 . 59

$ 84 . 55
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Personal Estate Brought over Dol Cents
$ 84 . 55  
1 pair of mitts 1 old blanket and an old hat      1 . 16
1 Kitchen Table 1.00 one raisor .25      1 . 25
A number of pieces of sole & upper leather          0 . 66
1 swine a year old    10 . 00   
Total personal estate $ 97 . 62
1 Iron ???? and Share at 1.33 added      1 . 33   

$ 98 . 95
` David Fay }
Jonathan Fay } Appraisers
Westborough Aug't 12 1802 Thos Smith }



The source citation for this probate record is:

Worcester County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Probate Packet 7427 (16 pages) intestate estate of Phineas Brigham of Westborough, 1802; "Worcester County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1731-1881," digital images, New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (http://www.AmericanAncestors.org: accessed 15 March 2020); Original records in Worcester County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Phineas Brigham (1755-1802) died on 12 August 1802 in Westborough, Massachusetts, leaving his second wife Hannah (Jackson) Brigham and five of his seven children between the ages of 8 and 22, all children of his first wife, Lydia Batherick.  


In the intestate estate, Eli Brigham, the eldest son, declined appointment as administrator of the estate of his father.  The widow, Hannah (Jackson) Brigham accepted appointment as administratrix with  Joseph Jackson, probably Hannah's brother, on 1 September 1802.  They posted bond of $2000 on 1 September 1802, backed by David Nelson and Nathan Jackson.

The Inventory was taken on 12 August 1802 by David Fay, Jedidiah Fay and Thomas Smith, all gentlemen of Westborough who were appointed by the probate court.  There was no real property in the estate, and the inventory showed $98.95 of personal property.  The administrators charged themselves with the personal property, paid off debts totaling $92, and requested $18.25 in administration costs and fees on 3 April 1804, which was approved by the Court.  

The inventory reflects a very poor couple in 1802, with personal property of some furniture, some clothes, some kitchen items, and one swine.  Where are items for the five living children?  Perhaps the children were taken in by a Brigham or Batherick sibling.

Phineas and Lydia (Batherick) Brigham are my probable 4th great-grandparents through their son Lambert Brigham (1794-1834) who married my Sophia Buck (1797-1882) in 1817 in Sterling, Massachusetts.  I am descended through their apparent daughter, Sophia Newton (1834-1923).

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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, March 29, 2020

Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of 22 to 28 March 2020

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:


When Everything Fails at Once ... by Louis Kessler on Behold Genealogy.

*  When Life Gives You Lemons: Genealogy Activities for Coronavirus Quarantine by Rachel Popma on Legacy Tree Genealogists.

What the Future Will Know by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist.

Book Review -- The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide by Julie Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub.

Pauline Ilg: Brave and Courageous - Part 5 by Jen Rickards on Auntie Jen's Family Trees.

*  How Legal Context Prevents Misunderstood Family Stories:  An Interview with Judy Russell by Laura Hedgecock on Treasure Chest of Memories.

Untangling Your DNA Tree by Jennifer Dondero on The Occasional Genealogist.

A Tree By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet by Tony Proctor on Parallax View.

Use WATO to Explore DNA Match Relationships by Diahan Southard on Your DNA Guide.

From 1940 to Present Day Research Resources by Kathleen Brandt on a3Genealogy.

*  Version 4.0! March 2020 Update to the Shared cM Project! by Blaine Bettinger on The Genetic Genealogist.

A Genealogy Society Research Project by Sheri Fenley on The Educated Genealogist.

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 27th Mar 2020 by Crissouli on That Moment in Time.

Friday Finds: Week 13 -- 2020 by Martin Roe Eidhammer on Norwegian Genealogy and then some.


This Week's Creme de la Creme -- March 28, 2020  by Gail Dever on Genealogy a la Carte,

*  Saturday Serendipity (March 27, 2020) by John D. Tew on Filiopietism Prism.

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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Free Access (March 29 to April 5) of U.S. Census Records on MyHeritage

I received this information from MyHeritage today:

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The United States is about to start collecting the 2020 U.S. Census, and to mark this once-in-a-decade event we’re offering you FREE access to all U.S. census records on MyHeritage, now through until April 5, 2020.
Search U.S. census records now
Census records provide a unique view into the lives of your ancestors, making them a basic foundation of family history research. With 700 million records from 54 U.S. census collections, you’re likely to make some fascinating family history discoveries.
We invite you to search the collection now. Read more about U.S. census records on our blog.
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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- A Facebook "Have You Done This?" Meme

It's Saturday Night - 

time for more Genealogy Fun! 


Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music here) is to:

1)  Another "Have you done this?" meme was going around Facebook this past week.  Let's do it!!

2)  Copy and paste the list below, delete my answers, and add your own.

3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a post on Facebook.

Here is the list:

1)  Driven 100 mph : don't think so, close...


2)  Ridden in a helicopter: Once in Juneau, Alaska.  Fun.


3)  Gone zip lining: nope.


4)  Been to an NFL game: yes, many, had season tickets for about 10 years to the Chargers


5)  Been to Canada: yes, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal

6)  Visited Florida: yes, several times on vacation

7)  Visited Mexico: yes, Tijuana, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan

8)  Visited Vegas: yes, several times

9)  Eaten alone at a restaurant: yes, but not often

10)  Ability to read music: nope, my key is J-flat

11) Ridden a motorcycle: nope

12)  Ridden a horse: yes, but not often.

13)  Stayed in a hospital: yes, had my appendix removed.

14)  Donated blood: yes, but not much, A+

15)  Been snow skiing: nope - been to a ski lodge several times

16)  Been to Disney World or DisneyLand: yes, both

17)  Slept outside: yes - camping, with our girls when they were scouts

18)  Driven a stick shift: nope, tried, failed

19)  Ridden in an 18 wheeler: nope

20)  Ridden in a police car? nope

21)  Driven a boat: yes, on vacation once in New Zealand for about one minute.  I guess boats at a Fun-For-All or Disneyland don't count.

22)  Eaten Escargot: nope.

23)  Been on a cruise:  Yes - Western Caribbean, Cabo and Puerto Vallarta (2), Alaska, Eastern 
Caribbean, British Isles, Panama Canal,

24)  Run out of gas: yes, maybe twice?

25)  Been on TV: Yes! At Petco Park scoreboard for several seconds

26)  Eaten Sushi: no

27)  Seen a UFO:  no

28)  Been Bungie jumping: no

29)  Visited another continent: yes - Europe, Australia, South America

30)  Been to Ellis Island?  yes, twice.

It’s your turn......


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Added and Updated Ancestry.com Record Collections - Week of 22 to 28 March 2020

The following record collections were listed on the Ancestry Card Catalog list on Ancestry.com during the period from 22 to 28 March 2020:  

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration(UNRRA) Records, 1943-1947 (USHMM); indexed database without record images, Updated 3/26/2020

Baja California and Baja California Sur, Mexico, Catholic Church Records, 1750-1984; indexed database with record images, Updated 3/24/2020

Hidalgo, Mexico, Catholic Church Records, 1546-1971; indexed database with record images, Updated 3/24/2020

Oaxaca, Mexico, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988; indexed database with record images, Updated 3/27/2020

South Carolina, Death Records, 1821-1968; indexed database with record images, Updated 3/23/2020

New York, Episcopal Diocese of Central New York Church Records, 1800-1970; indexed database with record images, ADDED 3/23/2020

South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964; indexed database with record images, ADDED 3/23/2020

South Carolina, Chesterfield County, Original Marriage licenses, 1911-1951; indexed database without record images, ADDED 3/23/2020


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

By my count, there were NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,757 collections available as of 28 March, an increase of  3 from last week.



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Added and Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 22 to 28 March 2020

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 28 March 2020, there were 2,751 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):

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

--- Collections Added   ---

Florida, Pensacola, Passenger lists of citizens and aliens arriving and departing at Pensacola, Florida, 1924-1948      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3346924); 2,174 indexed records with 2,174 record images, ADDED 26 Mar 2020

--- Collections Updated ---

Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1473000); 15,048,565 indexed records with 29,147,064 record images (was 14,854,788 records with 28,434,895 images), Updated 25 Mar 2020
Utah, Brigham City Family History Center, Obituary Collection, 1930-2015        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3657641); 12,885 indexed records with 972 record images (was 6,628 records with 497 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020
California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2001287); 5,684,801 indexed records with 2,841,076 record images (was 5,660,465 records with 2,841,076 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020
United States Births and Christenings, 1867-1931        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1808995); Index only (37,466 records), no images (was 11,166 records with 0 images), Updated 25 Mar 2020
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3479702); 22,443 indexed records with 10,917 record images (was 20,682 records with 10,204 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020

Maine, Cumberland County, Westbrook, Woodlawn Cemetery, Burial Records, 1914-1992       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3245344); 6,565 indexed records with 6,555 record images (was 6,407 records with 6,397 images), Updated 24 Mar 2020
Utah, Uintah County Naturalization and Citizenship Records, 1888-1929   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2479767); 295 indexed records with 409 record images (was 0 records with 409 images), Updated 26 Mar 2020
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, County Marriage Registers, 1853-1935      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3477666); 13,145 indexed records with 375 record images (was 10,934 records with 313 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020
North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records, 1913-1922       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3477667); 106,016 indexed records with 104,570 record images (was 84,506 records with 83,186 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020
England, Yorkshire Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1613-1887    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3477664); 146,500 indexed records with 144,017 record images (was 129,432 records with 127,149 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020

England, Norfolk Non-conformist Records, 1613-1901      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1824696); 4,606 indexed records with 6,072 record images (was 4,570 records with 6,072 images), Updated 23 Mar 2020
North Dakota, County Marriages, 1872-1958       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2550852); 17,347 indexed records with 91,457 record images (was 17,317 records with 91,457 images), Updated 25 Mar 2020
United States, New York Land Records, 1630-1975 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2078654); 10,815,836 indexed records with 8,129,310 record images (was 0 records with 8,129,310 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1710-1928       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3405096); 49,886 indexed records with 5,317 record images (was 43,949 records with 4,639 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020
American Samoa, Delayed Birth Registrations, 1962-1972  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3438757); Browse 11,389 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 8,360 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020

American Samoa, Vital Records, 1850-1930        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3438751); 16,487 indexed records with 44,718 record images (was 16,189 records with 41,861 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020
Hawaii, Board of Health, Marriage Record Indexes, 1909-1989     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3463469); 797,472 indexed records with 264,322 record images (was 727,290 records with 209,369 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020
United States Deceased Physician File (AMA), 1864-1968  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2061540); 615,913 indexed records with 707,724 record images (was 575,478 records with 707,724 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2333694); 30,047,348 indexed records with 46,885,453 record images (was 30,047,348 records with 46,885,453 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020
Jamaica, Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1827268); 386,373 indexed records with 37,199 record images (was 385,553 records with 37,199 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020

Mississippi, Death Certificate Index, 1912-1943 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3583821); 190,807 indexed records with 1,976 record images (was 0 records with 864 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020
California, Sonoma County, Sebastopol, Evergreen Lawn Cemetery Burial Records, 1800-2010        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3583823); Browse 8,377 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 6,946 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020
United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2860782); 14,573,170 indexed records with 1,731,150 record images (was 13,591,094 records with 1,678,029 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Cemetery Records, 1897-2012       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2137269); 382,722 indexed records with 150,972 record images (was 207,324 records with 150,972 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3648679); 3,155 indexed records with 1,042 record images (was 2,774 records with 944 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020

Texas, Dallas County, Oakland Cemetery Interment Cards, 1891-1999       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3656813); 79,578 indexed records with 35,074 record images (was 65,050 records with 24,469 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1473014); Index only (48,383,299 records), no images (was 49,078,964 records with 0 images), Updated 25 Mar 2020
International Genealogical Index (IGI)  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/5); Index only (892,761,439 records), no images (was 892,761,439 records with 0 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020
Wisconsin, Crew Lists of Ship Arrivals, 1922-1956       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2299361); 21,087 indexed records with 596 record images (was 3,978 records with 596 images), Updated 24 Mar 2020
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Crew Lists, 1939-1945  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2432943); 50,156 indexed records with 10,103 record images (was 0 records with 10,103 images), Updated 24 Mar 2020

South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3511741); 77,195 indexed records with 75,357 record images (was 70,565 records with 68,897 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020
Mississippi Marriages, 1800-1911        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1680835); Index only (425,101 records), no images (was 303,991 records with 0 images), Updated 25 Mar 2020
England Marriages, 1538–1973    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1473015); Index only (12,340,733 records), no images (was 12,304,788 records with 0 images), Updated 23 Mar 2020
District of Columbia Deaths, 1874-1961  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803967); 458,875 indexed records with 359,962 record images (was 458,143 records with 359,962 images), Updated 26 Mar 2020
Louisiana, Orleans Parish Death Records and Certificates, 1835-1954     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3559088); 34,538 indexed records with 17,086 record images (was 18,995 records with 9,681 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020

Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Index of Conveyances, 1770-1957    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3019665); 179,887 indexed records with 2,442 record images (was 178,953 records with 2,438 images), Updated 26 Mar 2020
Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1682798); 4,958,140 indexed records with 4,581,756 record images (was 4,956,381 records with 4,581,756 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1951777); 1,140,688 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 1,140,674 records with 1,899,876 images), Updated 23 Mar 2020
South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1965        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1417492); 1,111,900 indexed records with 682,974 record images (was 1,111,640 records with 682,974 images), Updated 24 Mar 2020
Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3460240); 24,698 indexed records with 9,394 record images (was 21,764 records with 8,197 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020

Tennessee, Davidson County, Death Records, 1900-1913    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3559087); 7,343 indexed records with 7,335 record images (was 7,333 records with 7,325 images), Updated 21 Mar 2020
Iowa State Census, 1925 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2224537); 2,487,917 indexed records with 327,118 record images (was 2,487,917 records with 327,118 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020
South Africa, Civil Marriage Records, 1840-1973 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2821281); 128,172 indexed records with 101,236 record images (was 109,018 records with 82,158 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020
California, Tulare County, Visalia Cemetery Records, 1875-1990  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3241370); 55,565 indexed records with 33,266 record images (was 55,480 records with 33,259 images), Updated 24 Mar 2020
North Dakota, Naturalization Records, 1868-1924 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3241359); 1,878 indexed records with 1,291 record images (was 1,864 records with 1,277 images), Updated 26 Mar 2020

Idaho Naturalization Records,  1892-1990        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3241358); 15,758 indexed records with 15,200 record images (was 15,751 records with 15,193 images), Updated 26 Mar 2020
Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1674672); Index only (758,144 records), no images (was 743,802 records with 0 images), Updated 25 Mar 2020
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2016197); 82,650 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 78,635 records with 1,038,133 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020
Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681001); Index only (628,882 records), no images (was 628,253 records with 0 images), Updated 25 Mar 2020
Colombia, Bogotá, Burial Permits, 1960-1991     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3212241); 153,689 indexed records with 131,487 record images (was 152,690 records with 129,323 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020

Peru, Ayacucho, Civil Registration, 1903-1999   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3460906); 153,686 indexed records with 152,169 record images (was 128,441 records with 126,992 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3584542); 21,886 indexed records with 3,216 record images (was 13,923 records with 1,344 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3648677); 15,109 indexed records with 1,135 record images (was 9,684 records with 1,072 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020
Pennsylvania, Register of Military Volunteers, 1861-1865        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3048335); 315,205 indexed records with 8,567 record images (was 143,213 records with 3,515 images), Updated 26 Mar 2020
Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wanderer's Rest Cemetery Records, 1880-1979       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3326771); 30,566 indexed records with 30,517 record images (was 29,095 records with 29,050 images), Updated 26 Mar 2020

Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1983330); 334,422 indexed records with 708,628 record images (was 300,576 records with 708,628 images), Updated 27 Mar 2020

--- Collections with new images ---

France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2840171); 7,204,644 indexed records with 1,967,791 record images (was 7,204,644 records with 1,937,592 images),  5 Feb 2020
Louisiana, New Orleans Index to Passenger Lists, 1853-1952      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2443949); 439,348 indexed records with 435,255 record images (was 439,348 records with 434,729 images),  30 Jan 2020
North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2848682); 7,926,428 indexed records with 96,106 record images (was 7,926,428 records with 96,101 images),  15 Feb 2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2691993); 1,646,489 indexed records with 61,200 record images (was 1,646,489 records with 61,731 images),  24 Dec 2019
Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1307888); 1,875,674 indexed records with 228,671 record images (was 1,875,674 records with 228,717 images),  15 Feb 2020
Spain, Aragón, Electoral Censuses, 1890-1934    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2304578); 4,972,408 indexed records with 43,508 record images (was 4,972,408 records with 52,977 images),  4 Jun 2019
Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1897-1952    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3398454); 511,122 indexed records with 510,285 record images (was 511,122 records with 510,350 images),  17 Mar 2020
Virginia, Lynchburg, Diuguid Funeral Home records, 1820-1971    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1419237); 15,420 indexed records with 6,194 record images (was 15,420 records with 6,195 images),  11 Sep 2019

Ohio, WWI Index and Return Cards, 1916-1920     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3039663); 100,652 indexed records with 100,164 record images (was 100,652 records with 100,348 images),  16 Dec 2019
United States, New York, Index to Passengers Arriving at New York City, compiled 1944-1948      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3029266); 1,129,668 indexed records with 1,112,544 record images (was 1,129,668 records with 1,112,549 images),  18 Mar 2020
Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1417491); 1,681,910 indexed records with 1,676,689 record images (was 1,681,910 records with 1,680,439 images),  16 Jan 2020
Hawaii, Passport Records, 1874-1898     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3021682); 6,575 indexed records with 5,547 record images (was 6,575 records with 5,624 images),  22 Jul 2019
Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Census Lists, 1770-1934       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2780641); 94,758 indexed records with 3,259 record images (was 94,758 records with 5,507 images),  14 Jan 2020

United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2761958); 6,031,182 indexed records with 327,002 record images (was 6,031,182 records with 327,115 images),  20 Feb 2020
New Zealand, Cemetery Transcriptions, 1840-1981 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2780088); 486,930 indexed records with 22,165 record images (was 486,930 records with 22,680 images),  25 Apr 2019
Kansas State Census, 1905       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2659394); 1,545,509 indexed records with 50,860 record images (was 1,545,509 records with 50,873 images),  10 Oct 2019
Louisiana, New Orleans, Quarterly Abstracts of Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, 1820-1875    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3338277); 76,841 indexed records with 2 record images (was 76,841 records with 1,859 images),  17 Mar 2020

--- Collections with new records ---

Illinois Births and Christenings, 1824-1940     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1676968); Index only (1,108,392 records), no images (was 1,105,076 records with 0 images),  16 Mar 2020
Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803970); 1,500,689 indexed records with 654,418 record images (was 1,500,129 records with 654,418 images),  5 Feb 2020
California, County Marriages, 1850-1952 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1804002); 1,911,446 indexed records with 2,480,495 record images (was 1,861,271 records with 2,480,495 images),  14 Nov 2019
Kansas, Grant County, Census Records, 1895-1982 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3288444); 28,877 indexed records with 7,330 record images (was 0 records with 7,330 images),  17 Sep 2019
Michigan Marriages, 1822-1995   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1675359); Index only (1,176,133 records), no images (was 1,168,825 records with 0 images),  20 Jan 2020

Michigan Births and Christenings, 1775-1995     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1675348); Index only (950,240 records), no images (was 934,460 records with 0 images),  18 Mar 2020
Michigan, County Births, 1867-1917      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1923472); 1,193,540 indexed records with 93,629 record images (was 1,171,444 records with 93,629 images),  12 Sep 2019
Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1675357); Index only (1,208,326 records), no images (was 1,188,459 records with 0 images),  16 Jan 2020
California Marriages, 1850-1945 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1674735); Index only (525,581 records), no images (was 516,865 records with 0 images),  1 Feb 2020

--- Collections with records removed ---

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2199956); Index only (875,610,609 records), no images (was 875,610,610 records with 0 images),  20 Mar 2020
New York State Census, 1892     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1529100); 3,766,071 indexed records with 29,137 record images (was 3,766,072 records with 29,137 images),  22 May 2015
Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1384728); 1,217,776 indexed records with 130,134 record images (was 1,231,389 records with 130,134 images),  26 Mar 2019

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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 program to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED.  Thanks to Marshall for helping us 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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