Monday, January 25, 2021

MyHeritage Releases Color Restoration Feature to Bring New Life to Faded Color Photos

 I received this information from MyHeritage today:


MyHeritage Releases Color Restoration Feature to Bring New Life to Faded Color Photos

MyHeritage In Color™ expanded, now beautifully restores faded color photos using AI technology licensed from DeOldify

Tel Aviv, Israel & Lehi, Utah, January 25, 2021 — MyHeritage, the leading global service for discovering your past and empowering your future, announced today the release of color restoration for faded color photos. A major enhancement to MyHeritage’s advanced suite of photo tools, color restoration revives the authentic colors in faded photos, with exceptional results.

Color restoration is ideal for old color photos from the 1950’s through the 1990’s, where the chemistry of printed photos stored in albums did not withstand the test of time and caused the colors to fade or turn yellow. The technology for color restoration was licensed exclusively from DeOldify, created by deep learning experts Jason Antic and Dana Kelley, and was integrated into MyHeritage. It accurately restores a photo’s original colors and sharpens the image in the process. Color restoration is a powerful new addition to MyHeritage In Color™, the company’s flagship photo feature for colorizing black and white photos, which was also developed by DeOldify and licensed exclusively by MyHeritage.

MyHeritage In Color™ and another AI-based feature, the MyHeritage Photo Enhancer, were released last year and have been used by consumers over 20 million times. Both have gone viral, received high acclaim, and have inspired a renewed appreciation for historical photos among consumers.

“In 2020, MyHeritage became the top online destination for colorizing, enhancing, and sharing historical photos,” said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “The addition of color restoration to our robust suite of photo features offers the incredible opportunity to bring cherished childhood memories back to life, and to share the beautifully revived photos with our family and friends. Nostalgia doesn't get any sweeter than this!”

"We're thrilled that our cutting-edge color restoration model will be enjoyed by the community as part of MyHeritage In Color™", said Jason Antic and Dana Kelley, founders of DeOldify. "So much effort has gone into creating this software, and we can think of no better partner for bringing it to the market than MyHeritage, a company that is defined by innovation and whose mission is to make family history more accessible to people all over the world.”

Integration into the MyHeritage platform

Millions of people around the world use the MyHeritage platform to discover their family history and digitally preserve their family photos. With world-class technologies for colorizing and enhancing photos, and now with the addition of color restoration, MyHeritage offers cutting-edge tools that provide new perspectives on family history.

Color restoration is available on the MyHeritage platform on the web and on MyHeritage’s free mobile app for iOS and Android. The mobile app includes a built-in scanner so users can digitize family photos stored in physical albums. When a photo is uploaded to MyHeritage, the system automatically determines if the photo is black and white (or sepia), or was originally taken in color. Photos that were originally black and white can be colorized, and those that were taken in color can have their original colors restored. Color-restored photos can easily be shared with family and friends on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and other social media. Restoring colors does not modify the photo, but creates a separate copy on MyHeritage alongside the original.

MyHeritage In Color™ is a freemium feature on MyHeritage. Users can restore the colors in 10 photos for free, after which continued use requires a subscription.

Please see some incredible examples in our blog post here and read more information in the press release below.


Disclosure: I receive a complimentary subscription to MyHeritage, and gave received other material consideration in past years. I uploaded my autosomal DNA raw data to their DNA product. This does not affect my objective analysis of MyHeritage products.

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Monday Genea-Pourri - Week Ending 25 January 2021

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

1)  Moderated the Chula Vista Genealogical Society DNA interest Group meeting on Wednesday on Zoom with 18 attendees.  I reported on the MyHeritageDNA Genetic Groups, AncestryDNA shutting down their Health feature, and the FamilyTreeDNA merger with myDNA.  I described Chromosome Mapping on DNA Painter and demonstrated adding segments to my map.  The attendees described their recent DNA activities.

2)  Watched one new Family Tree Webinar - Another 50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know by Gena Philibert-Ortega. 

3)  Wrote and posted a biographical sketch of my 7th great-grandmother #577 Ann (Moore) Hildreth (1666-1760) of Chelmsford, Mass. for my 52 Ancestors biographical sketch on Friday. 

5)  Reviewed, printed and collected the records for the last four generations for my Mayflower Society application.  I need to write away for BMD certificates to a number of New England town repositories.

6)  Added chromosome segments from DNA matches with known ancestors to my DNA Painter chromosome map from MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, 23andMe and GEDmatch.  Tried to find AncestryDNA matches in the other match lists with few successes.  Now it's on to tracing the ancestry of my highest matches.

7)  Added Notes to 14 more AncestryDNA matches with cM values, relationships and known common ancestors, including six with known common ancestors/  Ancestry added 99 new DNA matches this past week, with one new ThruLines.   MyHeritage added 29 new DNA matches.   Reviewed the new DNA matches on  AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.  

8)  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 40,110 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 121).

9)  Used Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and sources to my RootsMagic profiles.  I now have 61,233 persons in my RootsMagic file (up 138), and 132.355 source citations (up 377).   I TreeShared with my Ancestry Member Tree twice this week updating 253 profiles, and I resolved 1,996 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 146,345 to be resolved, but I work on them almost daily. 

10)  Wrote 15 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which one was a press release.  The most popular post last week was Amanuensis Monday -- 1716 Will of Thomas Brigham (1641-1716) of Marlborough, Massachusetts  with over 328 views.  

11)  We are still fine here at the Genea-cave, hunkered down and not going out much in Week 45 of COVID-19 isolation.  I went to the grocery store on Monday and Friday, and it wasn't too busy.  I got the sniffles on Saturday somehow and have been isolating myself more.  Other than that, it was stay-at-home on the computer doing genealogy, eating, sleeping, cleaning, and a little yard work.  I watched the NFL playoff  football games on Sunday, and I started reading Nathan Dylan Goodwin's latest ebook on my laptop.


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Amanuensis Monday -- 1733 Will of Joseph Morse (1667-1733) of Marlborough, Massachusetts

 This week's document for transcription is the 1733 Will of Joseph Morse (1667-1733) of Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, which is in Estate File 15528 in the Middlesex County Probate Court records. 

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The transcription of this will is:

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In the Name of God Amen

I Joseph Morse of Marlburrough sen'r in y'e County of Middl's in New England yeoman
being Aged and full of Pain but of sound mind and Disposing memory blessed be God therefor in and
by these Presents make this my Last will and Testament in manner and form as followeth -
Imp'rs I Will and bequeath my soul to God that Gave it and my Body to y'e earth to be Decently Buried at
the Discretion of my Executor Hereafter Named Hoping through the Death sufferings and Merrits of
my Great Redeemer to Receive it a spiritual Body in all Respects better filled and prepared for
my Lord and Master's service.
And as to y'e Worldly Goods God in his Rich and undeserved Bounty hath made me Possessor of
I Do Dispose of them in manner following.
1'st  I will and Bequeath unto my son Joseph in Adition to what I have Heretofore Given him by
deed and as his full part in mine inheritance Twelve Acres of Meadow Lying and being in that
comonly called Sedge Meadow and y'e upland thereunto Adjoining at y'e easterly end thereof, and
also five acres of Meadow on y'e easterly part of my Possession in that comonly called Broad Meadow
and also Three Acres in that comonly called spruce swamp adjoining therunto.
2'ly I Will and Bequeath unto my Grand children by my daughter Grace ^deceased^ one Hundred Pounds to be
paid unto them in equall parts as they shall become of full age.  And if it shall Happen that
any of my s'd Grandchildren should Decease before the Become of age as is afores'd, my Will is that
that his or her or their part be equally Devided amongst the survivors of them.
3'ly I Will and Bequeath unto my son in Law Jacob Hinds five Pounds in full of his part of my
Estate whatsoever.
4'ly I Will and Bequeath unto my Daughters Mary Elisabeth and Patience Three Hundred Pounds to
be Paid unto them fifty Pounds Each at y'e end of one year and an half Next after my Decease and
the other Part which is fifty pounds each to be paid unto them att three years End next
after y'e Decease of my Wife Grace, to be Paid unto them Respectively in Good and Lawfull
Bills of Creditt on the Province afores'd or in other species current with y'e Merchant at
Money price at y'e Respective Days and times of Payment.
5'ly I Will and Bequeath unto my Tender and Wellbeloved Wife Grace During the Time that
she shall Remain my Widow, the Continual Improvement of all and every Part of my
Buildings orchards fences Plowlands Meadows and the Continual Incomes from thence 
arising, which are not Heretofore by Deed, or by this my present will Disposed of.
6'ly I Will and bequeath unto my Wife afores'd all my Moveable Estate within my now
Dwelling house (Bonds excepted) and also one Horse Two Cowes and Four sheep
to be at her Dispose to any or all of my three Daughters above Named as she my said
Wife shall Judge most expedient.
7'ly  I Will and Bequeath unto my son Jonas all my Lands not Heretofore Disposed of Together
will all and singular the Buildings Fences orchards improvements and incomes from thence
from time to time and at all times ariseing to be with him and his assignes forever after
the time of my s'd Wife Grace shall Decease or cease to be my Widow.  Further my Will is
that from and after my Decease my cattle of what Kind soever and my money or Bonds for
money Together with my Tooles for Husbandry shall be and Remain unto my s'd son Jonas
Finally  I name and constitute my son Jonas afores'd to be sole Executor of this my Last
will and Testament Here'by Renouncing all former Wills and Do Declare this to be my Last
Will and Testament Declared signed and sealed this Ninth Day of Aprill Anno Domini
one thousand seven Hundred Thirty and Three and in the fifth year of y'e Reign of our
Soverein Lord George y'e second of Great Britain &c King.
Declared signed and sealed (the word Deceased was Hereunto anexed before sealing and Declaring
Hereof) in Presence of us Wittnesses
Samuel Biglo
Samuel Morss
Daniel Harington                                                       Joseph morse  {seal}

On 3 September 1733, Jonas Morse (the executor) and the three witnesses presented the will to the Middlesex County Probate Court and Jonas Morse was charged to faithfully execute the will of his father and to provide an account when required by Judge Jonathan Remington. 

The source citation for this probate case file is:

Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Volume: Middlesex 14000-15599, Estate File #15528 (4 images), Joseph Morse estate, 1733; "Middlesex County (Massachusetts) Probate Records, 1648-1871," digital images, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014, American Ancestors  ( accessed 17 January 2021); Digitized mages provided by from original records at Probate Registry, Cambridge, Mass. 

Joseph Morse (1667-1733) married Grace Warren (1671-1753) on 20 January 1690 in Marlborough, Massachusetts.  They resided in Marlborough, and had six children:

*  Joseph Morse (1692-1756), married 1716 Abigail Barnes (1695-1741).
*  Grace Morse (1694-1731), married 1716 Jacob Hinds (1695-1764).
*  Mary Morse (1697-????), married 1719 James Maynard (1694-????).
*  Elizabeth Morse (1699-1774), married 1717 Benjamin Woods (1691-1740).
*  Jonas Morse (1703-1779), married 1735 Lucy Eager (1707-1802).
*  Patience Morse (1705-1776), married 1726 Jonathan Keyes (1702-1778).

There are only four papers in this Estate file - the cover, the will, the order to the executor to appear, and the approval of the will.  There is no inventory or account in this estate file.  

Joseph and Grace (Warren) Morse are my 7th great-grandparents, through their daughter Mary Morse (1697-????) who married James Maynard (1694-????) in about 1719. 


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, January 24, 2021

Chula Vista Genealogical Society Meeting on Wednesday, 27 January Features Diane Gould Hall

 Wednesday, 27 January 2021, 12 noon PST

CVGS General Meeting (in a Zoom Video Conference)

Diane Gould Hall on

"My Visit to Scotland: What I Did Right and What I Did Wrong.”

This presentation will cover why Diane wanted to go to Scotland, her preparations and itinerary, the wonderful genealogy research finds, the problems encountered, and the sightseeing. The preparation and information she will discuss are applicable to any genealogy trip in the U.S. or abroad.

Diane Gould Hall is a member of the Mayflower Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, the San Diego Genealogical Society, the North San Diego County Genealogical Society, and the Aberdeen & North-East Scotland History Society. She has been researching her family for over 18 years, and writes about it in her excellent blog, Michigan Family Trails (  

She has had incredible successes researching her family history. One of the biggest was due to a post she made on Rootsweb many years ago. A long lost brother was able to find her. In doing so he was able to meet their Mom, who had given him up for adoption as a baby. It was a wonderful, happy reunion for both mother and son that lasted ten years prior to her death. That brother and Diane are now very close friends.

Diane's hobbies, besides genealogy, include traveling, caring for her horses and reading. She is happily married and retired. She thinks genealogy is the most interesting and rewarding hobby there is.

This program will be held online using the Zoom video conferencing platform for meetings and webinars. A Zoom meeting invitation will be sent via email to CVGS members on 25 January.  Please note that the meeting starts at 12 noon Pacific time.  The Zoom room will be open by 11:45 a.m. for visiting and helping attendees connect.

The invitation will be available to non-members by registering at  You will receive an email the day before the meeting with the link to JOIN.  Attendance is limited to 100 attendees.  Contact if you have problems.

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 are monthly meetings of the Research Group 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 - Week of 17 to 23 January 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:

They Had Names: Researching the Southern Claims Commission, Part 1 by Diana Elder on Family Locket.

GEDCOM Should NOT Allow Extensions by Louis Kessler on the Behold Genealogy Blog. 

Search the Treetops To Focus Your Genealogy Research by DiAnn Iamarino on Fortify Your Family Tree.

Research Strategies for 2021 by Scott C. Steward on Vita Brevis.

*  The Archive Lady: What to Do with Documents and Photos After They are Scanned? by Melissa Barker on Genealogy Bargains. 

*  Find Living Relatives | Google Your DNA Matches by Sunny Morton on Your DNA Guide.

Memorializing Ancestors For Today and Tomorrow by Marian B. Wood on Climbing My Famly Tree.

Don't Get Obsessed With One Ancestor! by James Tanner on Genealogy's Star.

Six Levels of Ancestral Profiles -- Level-Up Challenge! by Yvette Hoitink on Dutch Genealogy.

*  Naming Sources by Marcia Philbrick on Heartland Genealogy.

*  Resources and Strategies For Sorting Men of the Same Name: Lawrence Thompson, Part 1; and Part 2 by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree.

*  How To Discover the Secrets of Your Illegitimate Ancestors by Natalie on Genealogy Stories.

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 Jan 2021 by Crissouli on That Moment in Time.

This Week's Creme de la Creme - January 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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Introducing the MyHeritage Photo Storyteller™

 I received this today from Daniel Horowitz at MyHeritage:


As genealogists we strive to preserve our family history and share it with our family and the next generations. I’m happy to announce the release of the MyHeritage Photo Storyteller™ — an important new feature that empowers you to take charge of a critical aspect of preserving your family history — to record the stories behind your favorite family photos and attach the audio narrative to the photos.

The Photo Storyteller™ is available on the free MyHeritage mobile app and enables you to easily record yourself or interview your family members, describing the real story behind any of your family photos. You'll enjoy gaining deeper insight into your photos and sharing the recordings with your family members (turning any photo into a voice-enriched video) so you can reminisce about times gone by. By recording your loved ones, those photo stories will turn into memories that your family will hold precious in the future.

To record a story behind a photo, open the MyHeritage mobile app. Tap the Photos icon on the main screen, tap on any photo, and then tap the microphone icon to record the photo’s story.

Please share this news with your audience and encourage them to try out the Photo Storyteller™. You can read more about the Photo Storyteller™ in our blog post, which includes the interesting background behind its release.


Disclosure: I receive a complimentary subscription to MyHeritage, and gave received other material consideration in past years. I uploaded my autosomal DNA raw data to their DNA product. This does not affect my objective analysis of MyHeritage products.

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- "You Might Be a Genealogist If ..."

              Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along - cue the Mission Impossible music!):

Make up your own "You Might be a Genealogist if..." sayings.  One or more.  Lots.  The more the merrier.  

2)  Put it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a link in a comment to this post.

Here are mine:

*  You might be a genealogist if ... you love the thrill of the ancestry hunt.

*  You might be a genealogist if ... you stop at every cemetery and take pictures of interesting stones.

*  You might be a genealogist if ... you binge watch Finding Your Roots and WDYTYA

*  You might be a genealogist if ... you know how to read a GEDCOM file.

*  You might be a genealogist if ... you love writing quality source citations.

*  You might be a genealogist if ... all the people in your social circle are genealogists.

*  You might be a genealogist if ... you can figure out "once removed" cousin relationships.

*  You might be a genealogist if ... you know the real name of DearMYRTLE.

*  You might be a genealogist if ... you spend hours putting autosomal DNA segment data  into DNA Painter.

Your turn!!


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

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

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

UK, Prison Commission Records, 1770-1951; indexed records with digital images, Updated 1/21/2021

UK, Registers of Habitual Criminals and Police Gazettes, 1834-1934; indexed records with digital images, Updated 1/21/2021

North Dakota, U.S., Naturalizations, 1873-1952; indexed records with digital images, ADDED   1/21/2021

UK, World War I Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923; indexed records without digital images, Updated 1/21/2021

Lancashire, England, World War II Home Guard Records, 1940-1945; indexed records with digital images, ADDED  1/21/2021

1911 England Census; indexed records with digital images, Updated 1/21/2021

UK, After-Trial Calendar of Prisoners,1855-1931; indexed records with digital images, Updated 1/21/2021

UK, Calendar of Prisoners, 1868-1929; indexed records with digital images, Updated 1/21/2021

Berlin, Germany, Marriages, 1874-1936; indexed records with digital images, Updated 1/20/2021

Berlin, Germany, Births, 1874-1909; indexed records with digital images, Updated 1/20/2021


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 3 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,902 collections available as of 22 January, an increase of  3 from last week.   


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 January 2021

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

As of 22 January 2021, there are 2,952 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 7 from last week):

New and updated collections this week from Marshall are:

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Australia, New South Wales, Assisted Immigrants Inwards, 1828-1890 (; 263,719 indexed records with 263,719 record images, ADDED 18-Jan-2021
*  Germany, Saxony, Diocese of Dresden-Meissen, Catholic Church Records, 1621-1976 (; 252,965 indexed records with 252,965 record images, ADDED 20-Jan-2021
*  Uruguay, Catholic Church Records, 1726-2000 (; 40,901 indexed records with 40,901 record images, ADDED 22-Jan-2021
*  Florida, Military Discharge Records, ca.1837 - ca.1970 (; 8,096 indexed records with 8,096 record images, ADDED 19-Jan-2021
*  Virginia Voter Registration, 1902-1970 (; 5,761 indexed records with 5,761 record images, ADDED 18-Jan-2021

*  England, Devon, Plymouth, Parish Chest Records, 1556-1950 (; 408,465 indexed records with 408,465 record images, ADDED 19-Jan-2021
*  Georgia, Tax Digests, 1787-1900 (; 39,585 indexed records with 39,585 record images, ADDED 18-Jan-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898 (; 15,065,305 indexed records with 29,147,064 record images (was 15,059,394 records with 29,147,064 images), UPDATED 20-Jan-2021
France, Marne, Census, 1856 (; 362,441 indexed records with 6,258 record images (was 361,963 records with 6,370 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
Mississippi, County Marriages, 1858-1979 (; 1,763,859 indexed records with 561,855 record images (was 1,760,562 records with 561,220 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983 (; 558,339 indexed records with 235,772 record images (was 558,339 records with 235,772 images), UPDATED 15-Jan-2021
Guatemala, Chimaltenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 426,231 indexed records with 3,075 record images (was 426,231 records with 3,075 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2021

Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980 (; 1,431,579 indexed records with 5,864,285 record images (was 1,416,846 records with 5,864,285 images), UPDATED 20-Jan-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 348,345 indexed records with 148,862 record images (was 336,242 records with 143,053 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
Nova Scotia Church Records, 1720-2001 (; 142,199 indexed records with 16,188 record images (was 136,506 records with 16,188 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950 (; 16,997 indexed records with 127,147 record images (was 3,136 records with 127,147 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
England, Manchester, Parish Registers, 1603-1910 (; 1,782,418 indexed records with 248,202 record images (was 1,782,418 records with 248,202 images), UPDATED 15-Jan-2021

Argentina, Córdoba, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1974 (; 877,189 indexed records with 419,985 record images (was 877,189 records with 419,985 images), UPDATED 15-Jan-2021
Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records, 1544-1945 (; 252,071 indexed records with 141,003 record images (was 252,071 records with 141,003 images), UPDATED 16-Jan-2021
New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929 (; 252,268 indexed records with 2,148 record images (was 251,712 records with 2,144 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2021
South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951-2006 (; 90,610 indexed records with 3,895,196 record images (was 90,610 records with 3,895,196 images), UPDATED 17-Jan-2021
United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011 (; 35,411,512 indexed records with 4,830,472 record images (was 35,411,512 records with 4,830,472 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021

England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 1,408,675 indexed records with 90,826 record images (was 1,404,589 records with 90,503 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001 (; 5,088,564 indexed records with 4,581,756 record images (was 5,088,353 records with 4,581,756 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2021
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 (; 587,743 indexed records with 647,469 record images (was 576,232 records with 647,469 images), UPDATED 20-Jan-2021
South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966 (; 871,425 indexed records with 870,972 record images (was 814,171 records with 813,738 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910, 1921-1924 (; Index only (1,451,707 records), no images (was 1,397,482 records with 0 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021

Spain, Province of La Coruña, Municipal Records, 1648-1941 (; 792,678 indexed records with 258,646 record images (was 779,694 records with 258,646 images), UPDATED 21-Jan-2021
Alabama, Military Discharge Records, ca.1918 - ca.1962 (; 30,240 indexed records with 22,090 record images (was 13,956 records with 9,346 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2021
Ecuador, Cemetery Records, 1862-2019 (; 330,349 indexed records with 335,711 record images (was 330,349 records with 315,323 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954 (; 778,306 indexed records with 1,302,310 record images (was 778,306 records with 1,302,310 images), UPDATED 17-Jan-2021
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 (; 30,047,341 indexed records with 46,885,461 record images (was 30,047,341 records with 46,885,461 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021

Peru, Piura, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 (; 1,519,480 indexed records with 1,507,678 record images (was 1,470,531 records with 1,459,181 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
United States Census, 1920 (; 107,660,163 indexed records with 2,387,416 record images (was 107,660,164 records with 2,387,416 images), UPDATED 20-Jan-2021
Sweden, Kalmar Church Records, 1577-1907; index 1625-1860 (; 30,025 indexed records with 619,894 record images (was 30,025 records with 619,894 images), UPDATED 17-Jan-2021
Texas, Grimes County, Marriage Records, 1951-1966 (; 6,836 indexed records with 4,138 record images (was 5,715 records with 3,555 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 11,650 indexed records with 12,842 record images (was 11,552 records with 12,516 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021

Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 (; 176,648 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 175,820 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996 (; 103,909 indexed records with 43,281 record images (was 96,867 records with 41,134 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950 (; 4,301,235 indexed records with 3,357,737 record images (was 4,301,235 records with 3,357,737 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2021
Germany Marriages, 1558-1929 (; Index only (3,361,697 records), no images (was 3,360,851 records with 0 images), UPDATED 20-Jan-2021
Argentina, Salta, Civil Registration, 1880-2000 (; 59,479 indexed records with 46,762 record images (was 56,831 records with 44,601 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021

Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971 (; 3,537,384 indexed records with 13,096,662 record images (was 3,537,384 records with 13,096,662 images), UPDATED 20-Jan-2021
Finland, Church Census and Pre-Confirmation Books, 1657-1915 (; 33,404,934 indexed records with 486,629 record images (was 33,404,934 records with 486,629 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (241,818 records), no images (was 241,506 records with 0 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 265,072 indexed records with 15,757 record images (was 259,401 records with 15,160 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010 (; 934,809 indexed records with 3,416,801 record images (was 934,809 records with 3,416,801 images), UPDATED 17-Jan-2021

Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 213,298 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 208,472 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784-1956 (; 495,704 indexed records with 1,631,476 record images (was 495,704 records with 1,631,476 images), UPDATED 17-Jan-2021
Massachusetts, Births, 1636-1924 (; 157,175 indexed records with 135,405 record images (was 24,473 records with 2,764 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (; 1,498,113 indexed records with 19,317,962 record images (was 1,498,113 records with 19,317,962 images), UPDATED 20-Jan-2021
Chile, Civil Registration, 1885-1932 (; 4,566,628 indexed records with 1,623,199 record images (was 4,566,628 records with 1,623,199 images), UPDATED 16-Jan-2021

United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (; 30,165,145 indexed records with 24,999,338 record images (was 30,165,145 records with 24,999,338 images), UPDATED 21-Jan-2021
Mexico, Sinaloa, Civil Registration, 1861-1929 (; 798,101 indexed records with 1,403,105 record images (was 765,556 records with 1,403,105 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2021
Texas, World War I Records, 1917-1920 (; 209,675 indexed records with 400,918 record images (was 209,675 records with 400,918 images), UPDATED 17-Jan-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 (; 313,301 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 303,075 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
Pennsylvania Cemetery Records, ca. 1700-ca. 1950 (; 806,209 indexed records with 122,241 record images (was 806,209 records with 122,241 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021

Croatia, Delnice Deanery Catholic Church Books, 1571-1926 (; 189,080 indexed records with 3,485 record images (was 183,605 records with 3,485 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018 (; 259,787 indexed records with 122,640 record images (was 252,620 records with 119,077 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 (; 2,049,945 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 2,048,665 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 20-Jan-2021
Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1871-1998 (; Index only (7,097,361 records), no images (was 7,029,937 records with 0 images), UPDATED 21-Jan-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,207,487 indexed records with 1,968,500 record images (was 7,207,329 records with 1,968,467 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021

California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 318,036 indexed records with 183,457 record images (was 303,443 records with 183,100 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
Mississippi, Voter Registration, 1871-1967 (; 312,339 indexed records with 11,461 record images (was 178,315 records with 313 images), UPDATED 16-Jan-2021
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,248,680 indexed records with 98,707 record images (was 1,232,374 records with 98,109 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
Arizona, Military Discharge Records, ca.1918 - ca.1989 (; 26,883 indexed records with 3,272 record images (was 19,460 records with 2,524 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2021
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996 (; 1,759,266 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 1,720,241 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 21-Jan-2021

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 422,525 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 421,059 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965 (; 679,543 indexed records with 13,133 record images (was 679,392 records with 13,131 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2021
Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1943 (; 73,180 indexed records with 2,733 record images (was 37,512 records with 2,733 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
Hawaii, Various Islands, Circuit Court Divorce Records, 1849-1915 (; 20,433 indexed records with 46,945 record images (was 14,287 records with 46,945 images), UPDATED 21-Jan-2021
Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991 (; 3,169,741 indexed records with 2,513,517 record images (was 3,112,643 records with 2,513,517 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021

New York, Yates County, Swann Vital Records Collection, 1723-2009 (; 94,601 indexed records with 87,588 record images (was 94,601 records with 87,588 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2021
New Zealand, Obituaries, 1844-1963 (; 1,768,692 indexed records with 2,385 record images (was 120,536 records with 2,385 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2021
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 88,848 indexed records with 10,295 record images (was 86,776 records with 10,082 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021
England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010 (; 838,449 indexed records with 202,325 record images (was 838,449 records with 202,325 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 208,870 indexed records with 204,635 record images (was 207,801 records with 203,698 images), UPDATED 22-Jan-2021

Virginia, Various Counties, Marriage Bonds, 1706-1901 (; 2,836 indexed records with 922 record images (was 2,085 records with 446 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

Iowa, Records of Persons Subject to Military Duty, 1862-1910 (; 5,075,771 indexed records with 107,838 record images (was 5,075,771 records with 107,833 images), last updated 03-Aug-2019
Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974 (; 1,875,674 indexed records with 1,851,310 record images (was 1,875,674 records with 1,850,774 images), last updated 30-Nov-2020
Norway, Oslo Census, 1901 (; 189,540 indexed records with 8,603 record images (was 189,540 records with 6,875 images), last updated 11-Jan-2021
United States City and Business Directories, ca. 1749 - ca. 1990 (; 3,869,490 indexed records with 23,473 record images (was 3,869,490 records with 12,927 images), last updated 02-Nov-2020
Spain, Aragón, Electoral Censuses, 1890-1934 (; 4,972,408 indexed records with 53,004 record images (was 4,972,408 records with 25,971 images), last updated 04-Jun-2019

Texas, Gonzales County, School Records, 1910-1970 (; 849,777 indexed records with 31,743 record images (was 849,777 records with 31,452 images), last updated 19-Mar-2020
Norway Census, 1801 (; 878,979 indexed records with 13,261 record images (was 878,979 records with 13,207 images), last updated 19-Oct-2020
Hawaii, Death Records and Death Registers, 1841-1925 (; 123,440 indexed records with 63,121 record images (was 123,440 records with 63,120 images), last updated 23-Jul-2020
Australia, Victoria, Inward Passenger Lists, 1839-1923 (; 883,350 indexed records with 5,630 record images (was 883,350 records with 5,628 images), last updated 30-Jul-2019
North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000 (; 7,926,454 indexed records with 160,964 record images (was 7,926,454 records with 160,883 images), last updated 05-Oct-2020

Illinois, Chicago, Voter Registers, 1888-1892 (; 598,753 indexed records with 15,455 record images (was 598,753 records with 15,454 images), last updated 23-Dec-2020
Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1897-1952 (; 653,829 indexed records with 652,651 record images (was 653,829 records with 652,586 images), last updated 15-Apr-2020
New York, New York, Index to Passengers Lists of Vessels, 1897-1902 (; 870,652 indexed records with 857,036 record images (was 870,652 records with 856,565 images), last updated 24-Nov-2020
Louisiana, New Orleans Index to Passenger Lists, 1853-1952 (; 439,472 indexed records with 435,372 record images (was 439,472 records with 435,363 images), last updated 27-Aug-2020
England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996 (; 264,217 indexed records with 19,979 record images (was 264,217 records with 19,245 images), last updated 13-Aug-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985 (; 191,136 indexed records with 3,797 record images (was 191,136 records with 5,040 images), last updated 08-May-2019
New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956 (; 4,749,222 indexed records with 84,684 record images (was 4,749,222 records with 84,805 images), last updated 20-Aug-2019
California, San Francisco Chinese passenger lists, 1882-1947 (; 152,389 indexed records with 4,637 record images (was 152,389 records with 6,396 images), last updated 24-Nov-2020
Find A Grave Index (; 196,661,615 indexed records with 196,661,615 record images (was 196,661,616 records with 196,661,616 images), last updated 17-Dec-2020
Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915 (; 391,509 indexed records with 4,036 record images (was 391,509 records with 6,174 images), last updated 13-Jan-2021

Uruguay, Civil Registration Index Card, 1900-1937 (; 2,555,796 indexed records with 663,123 record images (was 2,555,796 records with 665,618 images), last updated 11-Jan-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Census, 1836 (; 545,834 indexed records with 10,178 record images (was 545,834 records with 10,183 images), last updated 10-Apr-2019
United States, Iowa Naturalization Records, 1859-1990 (; 55,256 indexed records with 52,499 record images (was 55,256 records with 52,524 images), last updated 25-Aug-2020
Florida Deaths, 1877-1939 (; 471,799 indexed records with 471,266 record images (was 471,799 records with 471,267 images), last updated 10-Dec-2020
Illinois, Church Records, 1837-1995 (; 16,710 indexed records with 85 record images (was 28,599 records with 1,183 images), last updated 13-Jan-2021

Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965 (; 1,681,910 indexed records with 1,675,682 record images (was 1,681,910 records with 1,679,431 images), last updated 16-Dec-2020
Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960 (; 8,278,833 indexed records with 2,277,957 record images (was 8,278,833 records with 2,315,305 images), last updated 10-Jan-2021
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950 (; 441,574 indexed records with 316,346 record images (was 441,574 records with 316,615 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020
United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (; 6,031,182 indexed records with 327,059 record images (was 6,031,182 records with 327,303 images), last updated 20-Feb-2020
Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900 (; 527,525 indexed records with 225,986 record images (was 527,525 records with 226,446 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020

United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940 (; 6,931,032 indexed records with 5,610,973 record images (was 6,931,032 records with 5,610,978 images), last updated 09-Aug-2019

--- Collections with records removed ---

Missouri, Church Records, 1827-2004 (; 31,571 indexed records with 1,595 record images (was 32,025 records with 1,595 images), last updated 12-Jan-2021
Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 (; Index only (17,102,141 records), no images (was 17,102,142 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 FamlySearch 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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