Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Randy Seaver Not Surprised He is Related to Tom Hanks and Fred Rogers

I saw the Ancestry.com Blog post "Tom Hanks Surprised by Ancestry® Discovery That He’s Related to Mr. Rogers, His Onscreen Character" yesterday, and wondered if I was related to either Tom Hanks or Mr. Rogers.  My guess was "I think that I'm related to at least one of them."

So off to Geni.com I went, and found Tom Hanks and it said:



So I am a 9th cousin twice removed to Thomas Jeffrey Hanks, with common ancestors of John (1601-1688) and Rebecca (--?--) Gibson (1613-1661) of Cambridge, Massachusetts.   I also share a middle name with cousin Tom!

A similar search for Fred Rogers ("Mr. Rogers") at Geni.com  revealed:

I am Frederick McFeely Rogers 9th cousin once removed, with common ancestors of Edward (1607-1675) and Elizabeth (Blossom) Fitz Randolph (1620-1713) of Barnstable, Massachusetts and Piscataway, New Jersey. 

So my guess was only half right - I am a cousin to both of them, although they are distant relationships.  Cool.  Maybe I'll see the movie.  If my grandkids see the movie, they can tell their friends "That's my cousin playing my cousin!"

My "Forrest Gump Principle of Genealogy Research"  strikes once again:  "Genealogy research is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to find, but you have to look everywhere your 'genealogy gem' might be hiding."

I'm not surprised.  In the Ancestry.com blog post, Jennifer Utley (Director of Research, Ancestry) said: “Even if we don’t know it, our pasts impact our present. You never know what you’ll find on your journey of personal discovery.”

Yep!  Forrest Gump and Mr. Rogers were really wise men.

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Disclosure:  I have a complimentary subscription to Geni.com and appreciate it!

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The Seaver Ballplayers in 1958 -- Post 592 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

 can't help it, I can't do a wordless post!  I found some more family photos hiding in my voluminous My Pictures file folder - This is one of my favorite photographs:

Little League baseball in the North Park area of San Diego started in 1957 when I was 13 years old, so I couldn't play baseball.  My brother Stan was 10 and so he was on a team that my father coached.  My little brother Scott was a ball boy.

This photograph was taken in the summer of 1958 (I think), and it shows (from the left);

*  Randy Seaver (age 14) with his left-hander's glove.
*  Scott Seaver (age 3) with our father's old Luke Appling glove.
*  Stan Seaver (age 11) with his catcher's glove.  

We played a lot of baseball - in the patio (where this photo was taken, note the flip flops on Stan and me) between the houses, or in the street, or down at Grape Street park, or at the church playground on the way home from school, or up at Morley Field in Balboa Park where the Little League field was.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Genealogy News Bytes - Tuesday, 19 November 2019


Some of the genealogy news and education items across my monitor the last four days include:






2)  New or Updated Record Collections:





3)  Genealogy Education - Webinars (times are US Pacific):

 GeneaWebinars Calendar


*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 19 November, 5 p.m.:  Native American Research: Things You May Not Know, by Paula Stuart-Warren

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 20 November, 11 a.m.:  A la Karte: Borders, Maps and Gazetteers for German Genealogists, by James Beidler

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Friday, 22 November, 11 a.m.:  No Will? No Problem! by Sharon Monson

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Research Like a Pro:  RLP 71 – Getting Things Done Part 1


*  Fisher's Top Tips:  #129r - Boundary Changes

5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):


*  BYU Family History Library:  18- Using the Family Tree Mobile App - Judy Sharp

*  BYU Family History Library:  Lutherans in Lithuania - Angela Sinickas (7 Nov 2019)





6)  Genealogy Bargains:


7)  DNA Stories:




8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 15 November 2019?

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Tuesday's Tip: Use MyHeritage "Compilation of Published Sources" - FREE!

The record collection for the "Compilation of Published Sources" is one of my favorite collections.  This collection is available on:

*  MyHeritage (FREE for this collection):   84,206,880 pages in 447,870 sources. 



The description of the collection on the MyHeritage collection page says:

This collection includes a compilation of thousands of published books ranging from family, local and military histories, city and county directories, school, university and hospital reports, church and congregational minutes and much more. All records include images of the book's pages. We are continually growing this collection.
It is important to understand what this collection represents and includes.  There are over 447,800 sources in this collection - books, periodicals, pamphlets, etc., with a total of over 84 million pages.  The collection can be searched by publication name, person name, inexact or exact, with translations on or off.  

Not every published genealogy or family history book or periodical or other document ever published is included, but many of them published before 1923 are available in this collection, for FREE.

 No other provider has this same collection or the tools to search and save images from it.

I entered several exact surnames in the "Last Name" search field and found:

*  61,560 for "Seaver"   
*  1,665 for "Seavers"
*  789 for "Seever"
*  3,662 for "Seevers"
*  55,773 for "Sever"         
*  6,089  for "Severs"

*  1,090 for "Carringer"
*  79 for "Caringer"

*  54,520 for "Vaux"

*  1,408 for "Auble"

*  7,488,675 for "Smith"  


Here is an example of a record summary from this collection on MyHeritage (4 screen shots, some areas skipped):




The user can Save the record to his computer.

The record summary provides a summary of the information about the record source, plus an image of the page that includes the names, locations, or keywords searched for, with the names,locations or keywords highlighted.  Below the image is a full summary of the information about the source itself, followed by an OCR rendition of the text on the page.  This OCR text can be copied and pasted with your computer tools.

These records are almost all Derivative Sources, with Secondary Information and Direct Evidence.  However, the search results can be very useful with smart search criteria to narrow a search for a specific person in a specific place or event.

If you have a MyHeritage Family Tree ($$), MyHeritage provides Record Matches for records from this collection as a Record Match for a person in your MyHeritage Tree or as an entry when you click "Discoveries," then choose "Matches by Source."  


You can't beat FREE, so give it a try - you may find a record for one of your ancestors that is absolutely unique and not found anywhere else.  The URL for this collection is https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-90100/compilation-of-published-sources.


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NOTE:  Tuesday's Tips is a genealogy blog meme intended to provide information about a resource helpful to genealogists and family historians, especially in the online genea-world.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Monday Genea-Pourri - Week Ending 17 November 2019

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

1)  Moderated the Chula Vista Genealogical Society Research Group meeting on Wednesday, with 18 in attendance.  I reported on the automated indexing of Newspapers.com obituaries, mining Ancestry Hints by database, MyHeritage Education, American Ancestors free for a week, and receiving a GRO civil registry birth certificate.  The attendees discussed their research challenges, questions and successes.

2)  Participated in Mondays With Myrt today.  The panel discussed Thanksgiving family history activities, Mayflower ancestors, New York's birth certificates for adoptees, passing on genealogy work, Cyndi's List, NGSQ study groups, historical place names, and Pat's upcoming WAGS seminar.

3)  Watched one Virtual Genealogical Society video -  Artificial Intelligence & the Coming Revolution of Family History, by Ben Baker.  Ben even discussed my Automated Indexing post on Genea-Musings.

4)  Wrote and posted a biographical sketch of 7th great-grandmother #515 Eunice (Norman) Rayment (1686-1743) for my 52 Ancestors biographical sketch on Friday.  


6) 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 33,552 of my RootsMagic persons with FSFT.

7)  Used Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and sources to my RootsMagic profiles.  I now have 55,352 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 112,079 source citations.   I TreeShared twice this week updating 151 profiles, and I resolved 911 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 121,573 to be resolved, but I work on them weekly.  

8) Wrote 18 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which two were press releases.  The most popular post last week was Amanuensis Monday -- 1778 Deed of Silas Marshall Selling Land to Simon Gates in Worcester County, Massachusetts with over 736 views.  Why did this transcription receive so many views when most of them get fewer than 150 views?  


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Amanuensis Monday -- 1787 Deed of Clark Stone Selling Land to Simon Gates in Worcester County, Massachusetts

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is a 1787 deed of  Clark Stone of Sutton selling land in Gardner to Simon Gates of Westminster, Massachusetts in the Worcester County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 101, page 618]

The transcription of this deed is:

[page 618 on left-hand page of image]
[in top margin]

Stone Clark to Simon Gates

[body of text, handwritten text in italics]

To all People to whom these Pres-
ents shall come, Greeting.  Know ye That Clark Ston of Sutton in 

the  County of Worcester & State of the Massachusetts Bay 
yeoman
For and in Consideration of the Sum of thirty pounds to me 

in Hand before the ensealing hereof, well and truly paid by  Simon 
Gates of Gardner in the Town and County and State aforesaid 
yeoman
the Receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, and my self therewith fully satisfied and contented; and thereof, and of
every Part and Parcel thereof, do exonerate, acquit, and discharge them the said Simon Gates

his Heirs, Executors, and Administrators, forever by
these Presents: HAVE given, granted, bargained, sold, aliened, conveyed, and confirmed; and by these Presents, Do freely, fully
and absolutely give, grant, bargain, sell, aliene, convey and confirm, unto him the said Simon Gates & his
                                                      Heirs and Assigns forever, A certain 
message of land beeing in Gardner being thirty seven Acres and is

the Southwesterly part of lot Number ninety two in the third
Division and it bounds 85 rods on lot N^o 73 N.W. seventy rods
on lot number ninety one N.E. on the remainder of said lot
and S.E. 70 rods on lot N^o 93.  Containing as aforesaid thirty
seven Acres and is third Division Number 92 as aforesaid.

To HAVE and to HOLD the said granted and bargained Premises, with all Appurtenances, Privileges and Commodities to the
same belonging, or in any wise appertaining to him the said Simon Gates and his
                                                 Heirs and Assigns forever, to his and their
only proper Use, Benefit, and Behoof forever.  And I the said Clark Stone
                                                  for my  Heirs, Executors
and Administrators, do Covenant, Promise and Grant, to and with him the ^said^ Simon Gates & his

                                            Heirs and Assigns, that before the ensealing hereof, I am the
true, sole, and lawful Owner of the above bargained Premises, and am lawfully seized and possessed of the same in my own
proper Right, as a good, perfect, and absolute Estate of Inheritance in Fee Simple:  And have in myself good Right,
full Power, and lawful Authority, to grant, bargain, sell, convey and confirm said bargained Premises in Manner as aforesaid: 
And that the ^said^ Simon Gates and his                                     Heirs and Assigns, shall
and may from Time to Time, and at all Times forever hereafter, by Force and virtue of these Presents, lawfully, peacably, and
quietly Have, Hold, Use, Occupy, Posses and Enjoy the said demised and bargained Premises, with the Appurtenances, free and
clear, and freely and clearly acquitted, exonerated, and discharged of, from all and all Manner of former or other Gifts, Grants,
Bargains, Sales, Leases, Mortgages, Wills, Entails, Jointures, Dowries, Judgments, Executions, or Incumbrances, of what Name
or Nature soever, that might in any Measure or Degree, obstruct or make Void this present Deed.

Furthermore, I the said Clarke Stone
for my self  Heirs, Executors, and Administrators, do Covenant and Engage the above demised Premises to him
the said Simon Gates and his
Heirs and Assigns, against the lawful Claims or Demands of any Person or Persons whatsoever, forever hereafter to Warrant, Secure
and Defend by these Presents.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my 

hand and seal thirteenth day of March A D 1787                       
Sign^d seal^d & deliver^d                                                
Clark Stone  {seal}
In presence of  us      }  Worcester ss Westminster March 10^th  1787 
Nathan Miles            }  personally appeared the within named Clark Ston 
John Fosket             }  and acknowledged the within Instrument to be 

                                     his free Act & Deed.      Before me,
                                                                Abner Holden Justice Peace

Rec^d June 9^th 1787  Entered & Examined pr Dan^l Clap  Reg.  

The source citation for this recorded deed is:

"Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 13 January 2015), Worcester County, "Deeds, 1786-1787, Vol. 100-101," Volume 101, Page 618, image 672 of 694, Deed of Clark Stone to Simon Gates, executed 13 March 1787, recorded 9 June 1787; citing records in land offices and county courthouses, statewide in Massachusetts.

This deed is for a tract of land of 37 acres on lot 92 in the proprietor's books for Westminster (which later were in the town of Gardner).  Simon Gates bought it for 30 pounds from Clark Stone of Sutton.

Note that this particular record is on a printed form wherein the particulars are written in blank areas, which contributes to the "messy" transcription above.  Some blank areas were not written in on some lines.  The wording of this deed is much more complex than later deeds in the same County.  With this form, a reader can see that there is punctuation and capitalization on the printed form.

Simon Gates (1739-1803), son of Amos and Mary (Hubbard) Gates, who married Susanna Reed (1745-1833) in 1766, is my 5th great-grandfather.  I am descended from their son, Nathan Gates (1767-1830) who married Abigail Knowlton (1774-1855) in 1790.

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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, November 17, 2019

Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of 10 to 16 November 2019

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:


Work in Sprints to Strengthen Your Family Tree by DiAnn Iamarino on Fortify Your Family Tree.

*  Check out the new Custom Maps on Google Maps tool by Randy Majors on randymajors.com.

*  US Copyright Bill Threatens Genealogists’ Use of Images by Keith Riggle on GenealogyTools.com.

New to Me Website: GenDisasters by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree.

Genealogy is Virtually Everywhere by Louis Kessler on Behold Genealogy.

The Road to RootsMagic 8: An Important Update by Bruce Buzbee on RootsMagic Blog.

A Look at Seven Steps to Manage Digital Files by Denise Levenick on The Family Curator.

The Archive Lady: Removing Pencil Scribble by Melissa Barker on Abundant Genealogy.

Genealogy and the Internet by Ryan Ross on Once Removed.

What Happens to Photos of Distant Cousins? by Marian B. Wood on Climbing My Family Tree.

A Call to Action by Mary Kircher Roddy on Searching for 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 - 15th Nov  2019 by Crissouli on That Moment in Time.


* 
This Week's Creme de la Creme -- November 16, 2019  by Gail Dever on Genealogy a la Carte,

*  Saturday Serendipity (November 16, 2019) by John D. Tew on Filiopietism Prism.

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and    read their articles, and add their 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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Added and Updated Ancestry.com Record Collections - Week of 10 to 16 November 2019

The following record collections were listed on the Ancestry Card Catalog list on Ancestry.com during the period from 10 to 16 November 2019 

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

1901 Census of Canada; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/14/2019

Nova Scotia, Canada, Deaths, 1864-1877, 1890-1965; indexed records without record images, Updated 11/14/2019

Nova Scotia, Canada, Marriages, 1763-1942; indexed records without record images, Updated 11/14/2019

U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/14/2019

Finland, Communion Books, 1670-1917; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/13/2019

Washington, Marriage Index, 1969-2017; indexed records without record images, ADDED  11/13/2019

Nova Scotia, Canada, Petitions in Favour of Female Suffrage, 1918; indexed records without record images, ADDED  11/13/2019

Washington, Divorce Index, 1969-2017; indexed records without record images, Updated 11/13/2019

New York, State Census, 1925; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/13/2019

Finland, Pre-Confirmation Books, 1670-1918; indexed records with record images, ADDED  11/13/2019

Washington, Marriage Records, 1854-2013; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/13/2019

Nova Scotia, Canada, Births, 1840-1917; indexed records without record images, Updated 11/13/2019

U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2; indexed records without record images, Updated 11/13/2019
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The complete Ancestry.com Card Catalog is at    http://search.ancestry.com/search/CardCatalog.aspx.  

By my count, there were 3 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,707 collections available as of 16 November, an increase of  2 from last week, whixh means 1 collection was removed.  Which one?



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Disclosure:  I have had a fully paid Ancestry.com subscription since 2000.  Ancestry.com 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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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Added and Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 10 to 16 November 2019

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 16 November 2019, there were 2,656 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 6 from last week):

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

--- Collections Added   ---

Alaska Naturalization Records, 1884-1991  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2513103); 4,822 indexed records with 4,822 record images, ADDED 12 Nov 2019

North Carolina, Voter Registration Records, 1868-1898   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3326982); 10,978 indexed records with 10,978 record images, ADDED 14 Nov 2019

Florida, County Voter Registration Records, 1867-1905   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3326846); 25,453 indexed records with 25,453 record images, ADDED 13 Nov 2019

Pennsylvania, Wayne County, Court of Common Pleas, Naturalization Records, 1799-1906    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3158041); 13,963 indexed records with 13,963 record images, ADDED 14 Nov 2019

*  Pennsylvania, Register of Military Volunteers, 1861-1865  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3048335); 12,386 indexed records with 12,386 record images, ADDED 12 Nov 2019

Ireland, Thom's Irish Who's Who, 1923 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3499257); Index only, no images, ADDED 11 Nov 2019

--- Collections Updated ---

South Carolina, Charleston County, Charleston, Birth Registers, 1901-1926       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2834217); 19,564 indexed records with 1,270 record images (was 19,335 records with 1,246 images), Updated 16 Nov 2019

Alabama, Jefferson County Circuit Court Papers, 1870-1916       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1548510); 71,159 indexed records with 283,698 record images (was 30,070 records with 283,698 images), Updated 12 Nov 2019

South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Death, 1869-1954 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2998108); 1,082,736 indexed records with 1,080,877 record images (was 985,025 records with 983,230 images), Updated 12 Nov 2019

England, Yorkshire Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1613-1887    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3477664); 2,585 indexed records with 2,629 record images (was 1,614 records with 1,614 images), Updated 15 Nov 2019

Louisiana, New Orleans, Interment Registers, 1836-1972  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3288441); 133,431 indexed records with 3,265 record images (was 95,561 records with 2,303 images), Updated 16 Nov 2019

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2451051); Index only (8,257,813 records), no images (was 8,207,983 records with 0 images), Updated 15 Nov 2019

England, Essex Parish Registers, 1538-1997      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1465709); Index only (2,743,757 records), no images (was 2,583,982 records with 0 images), Updated 11 Nov 2019

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1582573); 6,542,263 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 5,802,816 records with 5,100,470 images), Updated 14 Nov 2019

American Samoa, Vital Records, 1850-1972        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3438751); 7,821 indexed records with 2,190 record images (was 7,102 records with 1,727 images), Updated 16 Nov 2019

Alabama, County Birth Registers, 1881-1930      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3335352); 289,628 indexed records with 48,260 record images (was 285,162 records with 47,849 images), Updated 16 Nov 2019

Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1710-1928       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3405096); 15,554 indexed records with 1,710 record images (was 13,009 records with 1,431 images), Updated 15 Nov 2019

Hawaii, Board of Health, Marriage Record Indexes, 1909-1989     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3463469); 106,406 indexed records with 25,892 record images (was 80,595 records with 25,299 images), Updated 16 Nov 2019

New Jersey, Church Records, 1675-1970   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2106099); 60,107 indexed records with 413,850 record images (was 60,107 records with 565 images), Updated 14 Nov 2019

Australia, Sydney Branch Genealogical Library, Cemetery Inscriptions, 1800-1960(https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1534449); 159,855 indexed records with 9,192 record images (was 159,855 records with 9,192 images), Updated 15 Nov 2019

England, Oxfordshire Parish Registers 1538-1904 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3293406); 40,605 indexed records with 3,603 record images (was 30,194 records with 2,877 images), Updated 16 Nov 2019

United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2860782); 548,336 indexed records with 15,442 record images (was 448,217 records with 12,042 images), Updated 14 Nov 2019

Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1807092); 45,832 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 0 records with 191,547 images), Updated 14 Nov 2019

Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Vital Records    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2704829); 37,224,031 indexed records with 37,224,040 record images (was 37,107,257 records with 37,107,257 images), Updated 15 Nov 2019

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 12 Nov 2019

United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803785); Index only (4,335,400 records), no images (was 4,335,400 records with 0 images), Updated 14 Nov 2019

France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Church Records, 1539-1793      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2363045); 604,493 indexed records with 95,073 record images (was 599,807 records with 95,073 images), Updated 15 Nov 2019

Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1999178); 4,084 indexed records with 2,280,204 record images (was 4,077 records with 2,280,204 images), Updated 15 Nov 2019

California, County Marriages, 1850-1952 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1804002); 1,970,883 indexed records with 2,480,495 record images (was 1,922,515 records with 2,480,495 images), Updated 14 Nov 2019

Hawaii, Death Records and Death Registers, 1841-1925    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2390846); 123,257 indexed records with 63,051 record images (was 89,996 records with 53,845 images), Updated 12 Nov 2019

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2199956); Index only (875,610,626 records), no images (was 875,610,629 records with 0 images), Updated 15 Nov 2019

North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2848682); 7,906,030 indexed records with 95,436 record images (was 5,396,596 records with 583 images), Updated 13 Nov 2019

Benin, Civil Registration of Deaths, 1891-2014  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2534492); 24,079 indexed records with 21,173 record images (was 23,829 records with 21,173 images), Updated 15 Nov 2019

Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018(https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3460240); 2,385 indexed records with 672 record images (was 1,939 records with 529 images), Updated 16 Nov 2019

North Carolina, Wake County, Death Records, 1900-1909   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949206); 4,259 indexed records with 4,242 record images (was 4,249 records with 4,232 images), Updated 9 Nov 2019

Georgia, County Delayed Birth and Death Records, 1870-1960      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3438747); 101,857 indexed records with 3,120 record images (was 101,655 records with 3,119 images), Updated 13 Nov 2019

England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3155913); 1,048,224 indexed records with 87,630 record images (was 1,047,857 records with 87,606 images), Updated 16 Nov 2019

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2016197); 18,182 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 14,738 records with 1,038,133 images), Updated 16 Nov 2019

Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis, Board of Health Death Records, 1848-1913     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3460987); 44,754 indexed records with 44,740 record images (was 43,774 records with 43,750 images), Updated 15 Nov 2019

Louisiana, Orleans Parish, Birth Records, 1819-1906     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3326847); 226,125 indexed records with 114,743 record images (was 183,091 records with 91,225 images), Updated 16 Nov 2019

Texas, Harrison County Delayed Birth Records, 1860-1933 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3460988); 1,269 indexed records with 1,269 record images (was 1,253 records with 1,253 images), Updated 13 Nov 2019

Colombia, Bogotá, Burial Permits, 1960-1991     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3212241); 88,056 indexed records with 59,379 record images (was 65,947 records with 47,402 images), Updated 16 Nov 2019

Mississippi, Adams County, Natchez Death Index, 1835-1905       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3460904); 21,926 indexed records with 509 record images (was 21,877 records with 508 images), Updated 9 Nov 2019

Ireland Civil Registration, 1845-1913   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2659409); 3,592,983 indexed records with 367,912 record images (was 3,590,310 records with 367,912 images), Updated 13 Nov 2019

Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1983330); 52,928 indexed records with 708,628 record images (was 46,246 records with 708,628 images), Updated 16 Nov 2019

--- Collections with new images ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2691993); 1,181,160 indexed records with 44,798 record images (was 1,181,160 records with 44,763 images),  10 Oct 2019

South Carolina, Charleston District, Estate inventories, 1732-1844      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3460989); 398,496 indexed records with 7,586 record images (was 398,496 records with 7,528 images),  7 Nov 2019

United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2968245); 6,931,032 indexed records with 5,610,978 record images (was 6,931,032 records with 5,610,973 images),  9 Aug 2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

Arizona, Yavapai County, Pioneers' Home Resident Ledger and Index, 1911-2000    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3031544); 2,834 indexed records with 401 record images (was 2,834 records with 406 images),  28 Jun 2019

France, Dordogne, Church and Civil Registration, 1540-1896      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2796817); 7,882,907 indexed records with 3,095,940 record images (was 7,882,907 records with 3,099,653 images),  28 Mar 2018

Australia, Victoria, Inward Passenger Lists, 1839-1923  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2778600); 883,350 indexed records with 5,509 record images (was 883,350 records with 5,548 images),  30 Jul 2019

Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2790268); 2,043,205 indexed records with 203,211 record images (was 2,043,205 records with 206,456 images),  12 Sep 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 me 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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