Tuesday, May 6, 2008

LDS Record Search database completion status

In my last post, I highlighted the databases that are available to search or browse on the LDS FamilySearch Record Search list at http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/

Unfortunately, not all indexed databases are complete - yet. Here is the status for the USA Indexed databases:

* 1850 United States Census - 61% complete (states indexed are AR, CA, CT, DE, DC, FL, IL, IA, KY, MD, MA, MI, MN, NH, NM, OR, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT). The other states are browsable only.
* 1850 United States Census (Mortality Schedule) - 94% complete (states indexed are AR, CT, DE, DC, IL, IA, KY, MD, MA, MI, NH, SC, TN, TX, UT). The other states are browsable only.
* 1850 United States Census (Slave Schedules) - 39% Complete (states indexed are AR, DE, DC, FL, MD, TN UT). The other states are browsable only.
* 1855 Massachusetts State Census - indexed and imaged for Boston only.
* 1865 Massachusetts State Census - indexed and imaged for Boston only.

* 1880 United States Census - 100% complete, index only, not browsable
* 1895 Argentina Census - 100% complete (indexed and images)
* 1900 United States Census - 98% complete (all states indexed and imaged, except for Armed forces and Indian Territory which are imaged only)

* Freedman's Bank Records 1867-1874 - 100% complete, but only 67,000 records.

* New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Iaslnd) 1892-1924 - 100% complete

* Georgia Deaths 1914-1927 - 100% complete
* Ohio Deaths 1908-1953 - 100% complete
* Ontario Deaths 1869-1947 - 100% complete
* Texas Death Index 1964-1998 - 100% complete
* Texas Deaths 1890-1976 - 100% complete

* Utah Death Certificates 1904-1956 - 100% complete
* Utah, Salt Lake county Death Records, 1908-1949 - 100% complete
* Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960 - 100% complete
* West Virginia Deaths 1853-1970 - 41% complete
* Freedmen's Bureau Virginia Marriages ca. 1815-1866 - 100% complete, but only for Augusta, Goochland, Louisa, Nelson and Rockbridge counties.

The message here is that "we need to be patient..." I can hardly wait for the 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts census records to come online. I see that I have some data mining to do in the Vital Records indexes for the available states - I should be able to find quite a few Seaver folks in these databases.

One thing I noticed in the state death indexes was that the father's name, if given, appears in the index also. So a female born a Seaver but married to a Smith will show up if I search for Seaver if her father's surname was given in the death record. That is very good!

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