Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Family Tree Webinars 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon is 13-14 April 2023

 I received this from Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage today:


Our 4th annual 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon will take place on April 13–14, 2023, hosted by Legacy Family Tree Webinars!

The entire event is free and open to all. Pop in for just a session or two, or challenge yourself and tune in to the entire marathon. The event will include live Q&As and door prizes, and will feature 25 back-to-back lectures from the world’s top experts on a wide variety of topics relating to family history research and DNA.

Visit our blog to check out the full lineup of lectures, and register.


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.  I am a subscriber to Family Tree Webinars and love it.

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Genealogy News Bytes - Week of 22 to 28 March 2023

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

1)  News Articles:

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

3)  Did you miss the last post in this series - see Genealogy News Bytes - Week of 15 to 21 March 2023.


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Seavers in the News -- Ethel Seaver Staniland Dies in 1972 in Buffalo, New York

 Here is this week's edition of "Seavers in the News" - a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from The Buffalo [N.Y.] News newspaper dated 12 October 1972, page 54:

The transcription of the article is:

"STANILAND -- Ethel Seaver

"Oct. 12, 1972, suddenly, at her late residence, 900 Delaware Ave. in Buffalo, wife of the late George S. Staniland, M.D.; mother of Mrs. George M. Denny; grandmother of Mrs. Robert A. Murray and the late George S. Spaulding; also survived by three great-grandchildren; sister of Mrs. Howard N. Round.  Funeral private, Flowers gratefully declined."

The source citation is:

"Ethel Seaver Staniland,The  Buffalo [N.Y.] News newspaper, Thursday, 12 October 1972, page 54, column 5, Ethel Seaver Staniland obituary, Newspapers.com  (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 27 March 2023).

This obituary identifies her name, residence, date and place of death, names of her husband, one child and two grandchildren and a sibling, with no education, occupation, or association information.  

Ethel Nicholena Seaver (1878-1972) was born 28 September 1878 in Buffalo, New York, the daughter of Joseph Vauxhall and Julia Felicia (Krapp) Seaver.  She died 12 October 1972 in Buffalo.  Ethel married George Samuel Staniland (1876-1962) on 26 June 1900 in Buffalo.  They had one child:

*  Ethel Blanchard Staniland (1903-1995), married (1) 1925 Charles James Spaulding (1903-????),; (2) 1936 George Miller Denny (1895-1964).

I am not relted to Ethel Nicholena (Seaver) Staniland because she is descended from an Irish Seaver who migrated to Buffalo, New York before 1845.  

There are over 10,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person has a very short obituary. I am glad that I can honor Ethel Nicholena (Seaver) Staniland today.  

You never know when a descendant or relative will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors or relatives, or will provide more information about them to me.


Disclosure:  I have a complimentary subscription to Newspapers.com and have used it extensively to find articles about my ancestral and one-name families.

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Monday, March 27, 2023

Genealogy Pot-Pourri - Week Ending 26 March 2023

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

1)  Transcribed the three page 1876 Will of Jane R. Sever (1802-1876) of Kingston, Massachusetts for the Amanuensis Monday series.

2)  Wrote a genealogical sketch for #750 7th great-grandfather Ephraim Smith (1675-1722) of Portsmouth and North Kingstown, Rhode Island  for the 52 Ancestors series. This is my 473rd ancestor sketch. 

3)  Found additional ancestral families for my grandsons' Italian heritage in the GeneaNet trees contributed by one of their cousins, and added them to my family tree.  

4) AncestryDNA now has 42,731 DNA matches (up 65 from 19 March) for me today, with no new ThruLines.   I added no Notes to my new matches.  MyHeritageDNA now has 11,226 DNA matches (up 31 from 19 March) for me, with no new Theories.  Reviewed the new DNA matches on AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.  

5)  Occasionally matched RootsMagic 9 profiles to FamilySearch Family Tree.  I have matched 49,322 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 10).  

6) Used Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and source citations to my RootsMagic profiles. I now have 70,863 persons in my RootsMagic file (up 24), and 145,866  source citations (up 6). I TreeShared 115 new or modified profiles with my Ancestry Member Tree, and I resolved 140 Ancestry Hints. My Ancestry Member Tree has Ancestry Record Hints with 176,879 to be resolved, but I work on them several times a week.  I resolved no MyHeritage Record Matches but I work on them occasionally.  

7) Wrote 15 Genea-Musings blog posts last week (Monday through Sunday), of which two were a press release. The most viewed post last week was 
Treasure Chest Sunday - H.A. Carringer's 1921 Automobile Registration over 170 views.  Genea-Musings had about 16,700 views last week.  

8)  Real life:  This is week 159 (over three years!) since COVID restrictions started.   I stayed home except for visiting Linda every day at the skilled nursing/memory care facility. Went grocery shopping on Monday and Friday.  Went to the doctor on Friday and my blood pressure is down.  Went out to dinner by myself on Saturday because the power was out for 9 hours.  I finished reading the Iris Johansen book The Bullet, and started John Sandford's The Investigator.  Watched the Aztecs two games in the NCAA tournament, and they won both and are going to the Final Four!!  Yay! Watched parts of many other games.  Watched parts of several Padres spring training games too - the season starts in 4 days.   


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Amanuensis Monday -- 1876 Will of Jane R. Sever (1802-1876) of Kingston, Massachusetts

 This week's document for transcription is the 1876 Will of Jane R. Sever (1802-1876) of Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

1)  Plymouth County [Massachusetts] Probate Records Estate File 17830:  1876 Will of Jane R. Sever - Image 10 of 14:

2)  Plymouth County [Massachusetts] Probate Records Estate File 17830:  1876 Will of Jane R. Sever - Image 11 of 14:

3)  Plymouth County [Massachusetts] Probate Records Estate File 17830:  1876 Will of Jane R. Sever - Image 12 of 14:

The transcription of this will is:

[image 10 of 14]

I, Jane R. Sever, of Kingston in the County of Plymouth, make
publish and declare the following to be my last Will and Testament.

After the payment of all just debts and charges against
my estate, I give, devise and bequeath as follows:

1  To Charles W. Sever, of Cambridge, my homestead in Kingston,
consisting of the dwelling house, which I now occupy, with
the barn and outbuildings, and the lot on which the
same stands, and the garden and orchard adjoining.  To
him and his heirs and assigns forever.

2.  I give, devise and bequeath to John J. Russell of Plymouth
the lot of land lying opposite my said Homestead, and extending
Westerly to the main Boston road with the buildings thereon,
being the same which I purchased of Everson by deed dated
the fifth of August A.D. 1865: To have and to hold to him
and his heirs and assigns forever.

3.  To my said Cousin Charles W. Sever of Cambridge the sum of 
five thousand (5000) dollars.

4.  To Robert Eager, who has served me long and faithfully, and to his
wife Margaret, the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars each.

I desire that the foregoing shall take precedence of the
subsequent provisions of this will, and be satisfied in full, and 
the others pro rata, if need be.

5.  To the Female Fragment Society in the Town of Plymouth the sum
of One thousand dollars.

6.  To the Children's Mission [?] to the Children of the Destitute in the
City of Boston, the sum of one thousand dollars.

[image 11 of 14]

7.  To the Temporary Home for the Destitute in the City of Boston
the sum of One thousand dollars.

8.  To the New England Hospital for Women and Children in the
City of Boston the sum of One thousand dollars.

9.  To the Massachusetts Society for the prevention of cruelty to
Animals the sum of One thousand dollars.

10.  To the Washingtonian Home for Inebriats in the City of
Boston the sum of One thousand dollars.

11.  To the Sailors Snug Harbor in the City of Boston the sum
of five hundred dollars.

12.  To the Boston Port and Seamen's Aid Society the sum of
five hundred dollars.

13.  To Jane R. Gilette and Mary H. Peckham of Kingston and 
to Catherine E. Sever and Louise Russell of Plymouth, the
sum of One thousand dollars each.

14.  To Elizabeth, wife of J. Horace Stevens of Kingston the sum
of Seven hundred dollars.

15.  To Elizabeth, daughter of Dr. P.L. Nichols, Annie D. and Emily
daughters of my cousin John Sever, Winslow W. and Nancy, 
children of my cousin James N. Sever, Mrs. Mary W. Russell,
and Emily S. the wife of Francis H. Russell the sum of five
hundred (500) dollars each.

16.  To Sarah A. Russell and C.Y. DeNormandie of Kingston
the sum of two hundred dollars each.

17.  To Mary, Joanna, Elizabeth and Susan, daughters of Mary
W. Russell, or to each of them as may survive me, the sum 
of four hundred dollars, to be equally divided between them.

18.  To Judith A. Johnson of Kingston the sum of one hundred dollars.

I desire and direct that my Pew in
the Unitarian Church in Kingston be appropriated to the
use of any strangers who may wish to attend services there.

All the rest, residue and remainder of
my estate, of whatever description, and wherever situate,
of which I may die seized and possessed, or which I
have the right to dispose of by Will, I give, devise and
bequeath to John J. Russell of Plymouth: to have and
to hold to him and his heirs and assigns forever.

I appoint said John J. Russell executor of this
Will, and my will is that no one of said legatees shall
have any right to demand payment of their legacies until
six months after my decease, nor claim interest for that time.

In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and
seal this nineteenth day of July in the year eighteen
hundred and seventy six.
                                                Jane R. Sever  {seal}

Signed, sealed, published and declared to be her last
will, by said Jane R. Sever, in presence of us, who, in her
presence, and at her request, and in presence of each other,
have hereto set our names as Witnesses
                                               Edward Gray
                                               Azel H. Sampson
                                               Esther Bartlett.

The source citation for this probate case file is:

Plymouth County [Mass.] Register of Probate, Plymouth County (Mass.) Probate Records, 1686-1881, American Ancestors (https://www.americanancestors.org), Estate file 17830 (14 images), Jane R. Sever of Kingston, 1876.

Jane (Russell) Sever (1802-1876) was born 13 January 1802 in Kingston, Massachusetts, and died 7 December 1876 in Kingston.  She was the daughter of James N. and Jane (Russell) Sever, and was never married.

The will was written on 19 July 1876, and the will was proved on 14 December 1876 in Plymouth County Probate Court.  John J. Russell was identified as the executor in the will; he is probably a cousin in the Russell family.  A bond of $30,000 was posted by the executor on 13 March 1877.  There is no inventory, account or distribution in the estate file.

Jane (Russell) Sever (1802-1876) is my 4th cousin 6 times removed.  Our common Seaver ancestor is Robert Seaver (1608-1683) of Roxbury, Massachusetts.


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 of records of my ancestors at Amanuensis Monday Posts.

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Sunday, March 26, 2023

Chula Vista Genealogical Society Meeting on Wednesday, 29 March Features Jen Baldwin

 Wednesday, 29 March 2023, 12 noon PDT

CVGS General Meeting (in a Zoom Video Conference)

Program Speaker:  Jen Baldwin  on 

"Mapping Your Way Through Your Family History"

We can use maps to tell the story of your ancestral journey, as well as use them as a research tool. Discover amazing online and offline collections that will add great depth to your story no matter where in the United States your ancestors ventured.

Jen Baldwin has been working in the realm of professional genealogy since 2010 but has been pursuing her family history since she was ten years old, enjoying her grandmother's stories - and her cookies. She is currently the Research Specialist and North American Content Manager for Findmypast.

Jen lectures, writes, and consults on a variety of genealogy-related topics, and was part of the research team for Genealogy Roadshow, season two on PBS. She is the author of course materials for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. She is excited to discover unique resources that allow for a different perspective in genealogical research, including the vast research opportunities for family historians around the world to take advantage of UK collections, such as newspapers and the newly released 1921 Census of England and Wales.


This program will be held online using the Zoom video conferencing platform for Meetings.

Please note that the meeting starts at 12 noon Pacific DaylightTime (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. PdT for visiting and helping attendees connect.

Members and non-members can register on the CVGS website for this meeting at   https://chulavistagenealogysociety.wildapricot.org/event-5196682 and look for the email with the Zoom meeting reminder link on about Sunday, 26 March and also on Tuesday (28 March) with the link to JOIN the Zoom meeting. Contact randy.seaver@gmail.com if you have problems or register too late for the email.  A Zoom meeting invitation will be sent via email to all CVGS members on Monday, 27 March.

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

NOTE: The Chula Vista Genealogical Society offers an annual membership of $30. Besides the monthly General Meeting with a program speaker on last Wednesdays, there is a monthly Research Group meeting on second Wednesdays and a DNA Interest Group meeting on third Wednesdays, all at 12 noon Pacific time, 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 19 to 25 March 2023

 Scores of genealogy and family history bloggers write hundreds 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:

Missing Ancestors by Judith Batchelor on Genealogy Jude.

*  24 Reasons to Research Institutional Records and Where to Find Them by Kenneth Marks on The Ancestor Hunt.

*  Create a Custom Group of DNA Matches on Ancestry by Mercedes on Who Are You Made Of?

*  The real limitations of Artificial Intelligence: Incomplete, Inaccurate, Misleading, and Flat Out Wrong and Despite Limitations Artificial Intelligence Will Benefit Genealogy by James Tanner on Genealogy's Star.

*  Genealogy Information in City Directories by Kenneth Marks on The Ancestor Hunt.

My Top Ten Genea-Mysteries by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on Nutfield Genealogy.

*  Thomas’ Tips & Ask: Numident by Thomas MacEntee on Genealogy Bargain$.

*  8 Things a Genealogist Should Carry at All Times by Daniella on MyHeritage Blog.

*  Mail Call! What Post Office Records Can Tell Us About Our Ancestors, Part 1 and Part 2 by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree.

*  Beethoven’s DNA Reveals Surprises – Does Your DNA Match? by Robert Estes on DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy.

Where He Lies by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist.

*  A Miracle Find No Thanks To An Index by Lori Samuelson on GenealogyAtHeart.com.

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 24th Mar 2023 by Crissouli on That Moment In Time.

This Week's Creme de la Creme - March 25, 2023  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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Saturday, March 25, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - A Fearless Female Post

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!):

1) Check out Lisa Alzo's "Fearless Females 2023" blog post prompts and write about one of them.
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's mine:

1)  I chose the March 2 prompt, which reads:
"March 2 — Post a photo of one of your female ancestors. Who is in the photo? When was it taken? Why did you select this photo?

 2)  One of my favorite photographs is from early 1920:

This photo has five of my fearless females in it!    It was taken in front of the Henry Austin and Della (Smith) Carringer home at 2105 Hawthorn Street in San Diego, on the northeastern corner of 30th Street and Hawthorn Street.  It was a two-story Victorian home with gingerbread trimming around the porch.  Austin and Della built it in the late 1890s.  In the late 1920s, they moved the house to the middle of the block and made it two apartment flats - now 2115 30th and 2119 30th (I grew up in that apartment).

This is a four generation family photograph.  From left, the persons in the photograph are:

*  Georgianna (Kemp) Auble (seated, 1868-1952), my great-grandmother and mother of Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer. 

*  Mary Ann "Matie" (Smith) (Chenery) (Cramer) Morrill (standing, 1866-1922), sister to Della Smith.

*  Abbie Ardelle  "Della" (Smith) Carringer (seated holding the cat Buster, 1862-1944), my great-grandmother and mother of Lyle Lawrence Carringer.

*  Harvey Edgar Carringer (standing in the hat, 1852-1946), brother to Henry Austin Carringer.

*  Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer (standing, 1899-1977), my maternal grandmother, wife of Lyle Lawrence Carringer, mother of Betty Virginia (Carringer) Seaver, and daughter of Georgianna (Kemp) Auble.

*  Henry Austin Carringer (seated holding Betty, 1853-1946), my great-grandfather, husband of Della (Smith) Carringer, and father of Lyle Lawrence Carringer.

*  Betty Virginia (Carringer) Seaver (on Austin's lap, 1919-2002), my mother, daughter of Lyle and Emily (Auble) Carringer.

*  Lyle Lawrence Carringer (standing on right, 1891-1976), my maternal grandfather, son of Henry and Della (Smith) Carringer, husband of Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer, and father of Betty Virginia Carringer.

*  Abigail "Abbie" (Vaux) Smith (seated at right, 1844-1931), my 2nd great-grandmother, mother of Della (Smith) Carringer.

Georgianna, Della, Emily, Betty and Abbie are my fearless female ancestors in the photograph. 

 The photograph was colorized using the MyHeritage tools.


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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 18 to 24 March 2023

 I am keeping track of the new and updated historical record collections at FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list) every week.

As of 24 March 2023, there are 3,191 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added   ---

England, Agreements and Crew Lists, 1857        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/5000047); 74,086 indexed records with 74,086 record images, ADDED 21-Mar-2023

--- Collections Updated ---

Albania, Catholic Church Records, 1799-1967     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4293706); 45 indexed records with 3 record images (was 7 records with 1 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1974178); 160,913 indexed records with 102,718 record images (was 158,376 records with 102,718 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023
Argentina, Chaco, Civil Registration, 1889-1946 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4450393); 87,910 indexed records with 87,639 record images (was 86,575 records with 86,325 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1974183); 441,695 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 440,903 records with 207,943 images), UPDATED 23-Mar-2023
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1974186); 132,894 indexed records with 69,981 record images (was 131,576 records with 69,981 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023

Argentina, San Juan, Catholic Church Records, 1655-1975 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1974194); 215,425 indexed records with 83,087 record images (was 212,294 records with 83,087 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023
Australia, Victoria, Wills, Probate and Administration Files, 1841-1926 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2207846); 81,924 indexed records with 3,998,555 record images (was 67,849 records with 3,998,555 images), UPDATED 23-Mar-2023
Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1914 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1482191); 38,594 indexed records with 6,411,594 record images (was 37,652 records with 6,411,594 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2138511); 568,253 indexed records with 372,768 record images (was 568,253 records with 372,768 images), UPDATED 23-Mar-2023
Brazil, Cemetery Records, 1850-2021     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2137269); 954,749 indexed records with 150,972 record images (was 954,745 records with 150,972 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023

Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3479702); 836,816 indexed records with 349,410 record images (was 834,737 records with 348,584 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2016194); 2,800,715 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 2,790,713 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023
Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4473609); 38,709 indexed records with 14,450 record images (was 38,147 records with 14,184 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3741255); 1,651,439 indexed records with 841,631 record images (was 1,649,714 records with 840,729 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1582573); 6,734,942 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 6,722,111 records with 5,100,470 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2016197); 645,894 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 643,808 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023
Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2246703); 297,747 indexed records with 105,781 record images (was 287,964 records with 105,781 images), UPDATED 22-Mar-2023
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3405096); 7,538,373 indexed records with 943,697 record images (was 7,523,291 records with 941,688 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1726975); 26,017,778 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 25,987,056 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023
Connecticut, County Coroner's Records, 1883-1934        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/5000080); 1,047 indexed records with 532 record images (was 380 records with 197 images), UPDATED 23-Mar-2023

Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1460016); 4,168,800 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 4,166,128 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1925429); 6,158,517 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 6,156,492 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2040054); 2,984,852 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,984,829 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2023
Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages, 1739-1964, Index 1877-1964   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2341913); 256,510 indexed records with 112,568 record images (was 249,020 records with 112,568 images), UPDATED 22-Mar-2023
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1619814); 2,375,204 indexed records with 3,416,801 record images (was 2,370,164 records with 3,416,801 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023

Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1918910); 2,271,239 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 2,270,295 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 23-Mar-2023
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1923402); 6,072,706 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 6,066,106 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1919582); 2,258,050 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 2,258,024 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023
England, Cumberland Parish Registers, 1538-1990 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2340274); 484,186 indexed records with 31,240 record images (was 482,696 records with 31,215 images), UPDATED 23-Mar-2023
Florida, Funeral Home Records, 1887-1971        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/5000003); 31,885 indexed records with 19,159 record images (was 31,865 records with 19,149 images), UPDATED 20-Mar-2023

France, Calvados, Census, 1876  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4279948); 34,502 indexed records with 1,916 record images (was 27,805 records with 1,687 images), UPDATED 23-Mar-2023
France, Hautes-Alpes, Census, 1876      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2819930); 80,825 indexed records with 1,785 record images (was 72,458 records with 1,638 images), UPDATED 21-Mar-2023
Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/5000010); 2,559 indexed records with 2,422 record images (was 2,328 records with 2,195 images), UPDATED 23-Mar-2023
Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2102016); 1,048,500 indexed records with 17,770 record images (was 1,048,267 records with 17,770 images), UPDATED 23-Mar-2023
Guatemala, El Progreso, Civil Registration, 1877-1994   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2451040); 248,048 indexed records with 103,502 record images (was 247,466 records with 103,502 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023

Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2697871); 1,838,273 indexed records with 47,888 record images (was 1,828,453 records with 45,685 images), UPDATED 23-Mar-2023
Iowa, World War I Bonus Applications, 1923-1927 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/5000051); 45,003 indexed records with 44,944 record images (was 45,003 records with 44,944 images), UPDATED 21-Mar-2023
Ireland Civil Registration, 1845-1913   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2659409); Index only (3,629,263 records), no images (was 3,629,263 records with 0 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Italy, Ravenna, Ravenna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1947700); 18,292 indexed records with 1,759,182 record images (was 17,482 records with 1,759,182 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023
Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4464417); 22,900 indexed records with 7,700 record images (was 22,711 records with 7,628 images), UPDATED 21-Mar-2023

Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1947831); 4,060 indexed records with 427,232 record images (was 4,054 records with 427,232 images), UPDATED 22-Mar-2023
Italy, Venezia, Venezia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1930      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2043809); 852 indexed records with 628,744 record images (was 302 records with 628,744 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023
Jamaica, Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1827268); 591,856 indexed records with 37,199 record images (was 583,138 records with 37,199 images), UPDATED 20-Mar-2023
Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1883388); 5,763,382 indexed records with 5,283,986 record images (was 5,763,364 records with 5,283,986 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2023
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1837906); 8,410,841 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 8,388,889 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023

Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1881200); 3,026,597 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 3,026,566 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 20-Mar-2023
Mexico, Sinaloa, Civil Registration, 1861-1929  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2290241); 1,252,994 indexed records with 1,403,105 record images (was 1,224,062 records with 1,403,105 images), UPDATED 20-Mar-2023
Mexico, Zacatecas, Civil Registration, 1860-2000        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1916240); 3,258,227 indexed records with 1,371,091 record images (was 3,258,220 records with 1,371,091 images), UPDATED 20-Mar-2023
Michigan, Eastern District, Naturalization Index, 1907-1995     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2110745); 566,960 indexed records with 577,690 record images (was 343,502 records with 577,690 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023
Montana, County Voting Records, 1884-1992       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3757185); 741,769 indexed records with 105,822 record images (was 724,631 records with 82,019 images), UPDATED 21-Mar-2023

New Jersey, Reclaim the Records, Geographic Birth Index, 1901-1929      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4461588); 1,901,254 indexed records with 30,979 record images (was 1,882,930 records with 30,911 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023
Ohio Death Index, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949341); Index only (7,601,863 records), no images (was 7,601,863 records with 0 images), UPDATED 22-Mar-2023
Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/5000024); 12,780 indexed records with 24,406 record images (was 12,266 records with 23,892 images), UPDATED 23-Mar-2023
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1877097); 21,833,320 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 21,823,838 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1935451); 1,077,356 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,077,041 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023

Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1807092); 3,340,534 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,339,207 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023
Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1469151); 275,339 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 274,181 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 23-Mar-2023
Spain, Province of Gerona, Municipal Records, 1566-1956 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2015355); 1,154,728 indexed records with 390,067 record images (was 1,150,736 records with 390,064 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2057674); 1,185,418 indexed records with 49,390 record images (was 1,183,260 records with 60,944 images), UPDATED 20-Mar-2023
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1850     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2142776); 69,314 indexed records with 2,968 record images (was 65,424 records with 2,968 images), UPDATED 20-Mar-2023

Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1983324); 4,539,443 indexed records with 4,476,649 record images (was 4,539,443 records with 4,476,649 images), UPDATED 21-Mar-2023
Ukraine, Kiev Confession Lists, 1741-1918       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2290980); 1,560,537 indexed records with 40,448 record images (was 1,239,509 records with 40,448 images), UPDATED 22-Mar-2023
United States City and Business Directories, ca. 1749 - ca. 1990        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3754697); 63,218,960 indexed records with 366,611 record images (was 63,206,461 records with 350,415 images), UPDATED 21-Mar-2023
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1837849); Index only (629,777 records), no images (was 622,689 records with 0 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1823609); 978,959 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 978,631 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023

Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4465438); 53,039 indexed records with 27,757 record images (was 52,410 records with 27,627 images), UPDATED 24-Mar-2023

--- Collections with new images ---

Brazil, São Paulo, Civil Registration, 1925-1995        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2765317); 20,824,559 indexed records with 21,090,509 record images (was 20,824,559 records with 21,090,476 images), last updated 03-Nov-2022
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2840171); 7,237,336 indexed records with 1,973,983 record images (was 7,237,336 records with 1,863,309 images), last updated 30-May-2022
Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3015626); 76,138,093 indexed records with 13,377,238 record images (was 76,138,093 records with 13,294,271 images), last updated 16-Aug-2022
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2790268); 2,967,130 indexed records with 307,288 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 304,043 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3463100); 527,525 indexed records with 226,446 record images (was 527,525 records with 224,840 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020

New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2803479); 4,749,222 indexed records with 84,502 record images (was 4,749,222 records with 84,444 images), last updated 20-Aug-2019
Norway Census, 1801     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3733603); 878,979 indexed records with 13,261 record images (was 878,979 records with 13,206 images), last updated 19-Oct-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

Delaware, Church Records, 1707-1939     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2787818); 75,282 indexed records with 3,524 record images (was 75,282 records with 3,580 images), last updated 13-Feb-2020
France, Dordogne, Church and Civil Registration, 1540-1896      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2796817); 7,866,340 indexed records with 3,097,791 record images (was 7,866,340 records with 3,099,653 images), last updated 07-Jun-2021
Poland, Church Books, 1568-1990 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4135958); 11,392,410 indexed records with 1,150,410 record images (was 11,392,410 records with 1,151,120 images), last updated 13-Feb-2023
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2573604); 441,574 indexed records with 316,347 record images (was 441,574 records with 316,616 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020
Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2691993); 3,641,119 indexed records with 132,031 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 144,163 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020

--- Collections with records removed ---

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2285338); Index only (132,174,270 records), no images (was 132,174,271 records with 0 images), last updated 02-Oct-2014


My friend and SDGS colleague, Marshall, has come up with a way to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED, and to alphabetize the entries in each category. Thanks to Marshall for helping me out here!

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.

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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