Saturday, March 2, 2019

Added or Updated Record Collections at - Week of 24 February to 2 March 2019

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

As of 2 March 2019, there were 2,455 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):

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

--- Collections Added   ---

Canada, Prairie Provinces Census, 1926  (; 2,016,404 indexed records with 2,016,404 record images, ADDED 26 Feb 2019

--- Collections Updated ---

New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891     (; 13,462,298 indexed records with 428,944 record images (was 13,462,298 records with 428,944 images), Updated 1 Mar 2019

Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996       (; 5,234,161 indexed records with 3,505,112 record images (was 5,055,520 records with 3,505,112 images), Updated 26 Feb 2019

Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985       (; 187,811 indexed records with 4,956 record images (was 186,700 records with 4,929 images), Updated 25 Feb 2019

Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951  (; 944,325 indexed records with 475,273 record images (was 944,320 records with 475,273 images), Updated 1 Mar 2019

BillionGraves Index     (; 27,061,015 indexed records with 27,061,015 record images (was 26,933,988 records with 26,933,988 images), Updated 26 Feb 2019

Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915 (; 2,739,146 indexed records with 830,893 record images (was 2,739,146 records with 830,893 images), Updated 25 Feb 2019

Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915 (; 3,817,626 indexed records with 108,704 record images (was 3,817,626 records with 108,704 images), Updated 25 Feb 2019

*  North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000   (; 3,313,007 indexed records with 3,383,048 record images (was 2,613,577 records with 2,764,922 images), Updated 27 Feb 2019

Cook Islands, Public Records, 1846-1989 (; 75,734 indexed records with 96,455 record images (was 0 records with 96,455 images), Updated 25 Feb 2019

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957       (; Index only (6,673,660 records), no images (was 4,885,194 records with 0 images), Updated 25 Feb 2019

Australia, South Australia, Immigrants Ship Papers, 1849-1940   (; 360,026 indexed records with 12,863 record images (was 372,588 records with 13,811 images), Updated 26 Feb 2019

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (; 34,168,489 indexed records with 46,885,712 record images (was 34,168,489 records with 46,885,712 images), Updated 1 Mar 2019

Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971   (; 3,503,524 indexed records with 8,189,316 record images (was 3,503,524 records with 13,016,945 images), Updated 28 Feb 2019

*  North Carolina Deaths, 1906-1930        (; 615,657 indexed records with 725,227 record images (was 615,657 records with 725,227 images), Updated 1 Mar 2019

United States Census (Mortality Schedule), 1850 (; 257,789 indexed records with 8,724 record images (was 257,789 records with 8,724 images), Updated 28 Feb 2019

Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935  (; Index only (2,281,516 records), no images (was 2,281,516 records with 0 images), Updated 28 Feb 2019

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1882   (; 489,494 indexed records with 58,940 record images (was 489,494 records with 58,940 images), Updated 1 Mar 2019

--- Collections with new images ---

England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (; 7,851 indexed records with 43,331 record images (was 7,851 records with 31,503 images),  2 Feb 2019

Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Index of Marriages, 1773-1963      (; 5,063 indexed records with 5,063 record images (was 4,955 records with 4,955 images),  28 Dec 2018

England, Shropshire Parish Registers, 1538-1918 (; 12,490 indexed records with 79,311 record images (was 12,490 records with 54,235 images),  5 Feb 2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

England, Hampshire Parish Registers, 1538-1980  (; 2,071,150 indexed records with 145,835 record images (was 2,071,150 records with 149,463 images),  31 Jan 2019

England, Surrey Parish Registers, 1536-1992     (; Index only (2,103,418 records), no images (was 2,103,418 records with 222,763 images),  11 Dec 2017

New Jersey, Bride Index, 1930-1938      (; 241,227 indexed records with 3,105 record images (was 241,227 records with 3,168 images),  7 Sep 2018

--- Collections with new records ---

Arkansas, Sevier County, Birth Records, 1914-1923       (; 1,482 indexed records with 1,459 record images (was 1,460 records with 1,459 images),  30 Aug 2018

Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1900-1964      (; 148,562 indexed records with 54,869 record images (was 148,523 records with 54,869 images),  19 Oct 2018

Missouri Deaths, 1883-1930      (; 2,975 indexed records with 1,276 record images (was 0 records with 1,276 images),  25 Nov 2015


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.

My friend, Marshall, has come up with a way 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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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - The Facebook Meme

It's Saturday Night, 
time for more Genealogy Fun!!

For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I want you to:

1)  Using the Facebook "Learn About Each Other" meme that was passed around several years ago, answer the 32 questions as listed below. [Copy and paste the questions and answers below, and substitute your answers for my answers]

2)  Tell us in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, in a status line on Facebook or a stream post on Google Plus.  Be sure to leave a link to your post in Comments on this post.

Here are the questions in black, and my answers in Blue (Updated):

1. Who are you named after?  No one that I know of.  Was almost named "Ranny" after my 3rd great-grandfather, Ranslow Smith.

2. Last time you cried? A week ago after reading a DNA adoption success story.

3. Do you like your handwriting? No.  I am left-handed, and always held the pencil wrong.  Now I tend to print and scribble too.

4. What is your favorite lunch meat?
  Pepperoni on pizza.

5.  Spicy or sweet?  Sweet.

6. Longest relationship?  Sibling - 72 years;  Spouse - 48 years, 11.5 months.

7. Do you still have your tonsils? yes

8. Would you bungee jump? no

9. What is your favorite kind of cereal? Hot:  oatmeal with raisins, bananas and milk; Cold: Cheerios with milk and sugar.

10. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? No.  Have shoes only with velcro tabs.

11. Do you think you're strong? Physically:  brute force and awkwardness works, but my muscles are atrophying; Emotionally: Yes, usually.

12. Favorite ice cream? Dark chocolate Dove bar with vanilla ice cream;  Chocolate chip ice cream in a cone or dish.  Rocky Road in a cone or dish.

13. What is the first thing you notice about a person? Eyes, smile, height, build.

14. Football or baseball? Both.  Love strategy and momentum of football, and strategy and patience of baseball.

15. What color pants are you wearing? Gray.

16. Last thing you ate? Trail mix and chocolate pudding cup for lunch.

17. What are you listening to? The TV in the family room

18. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Dark Red.

19. What is your Favorite Smell?  Newborn baby.

20. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? Daughter Tami.

21.  Are you married?  Yes, for 49 years.

22. Hair color? Greying, used to be light brown.

23. Eye color? Blue

24. Favorite foods to eat? Macaroni and cheese, Spaghetti and meatballs, filet mignon steak medium rare.  Did I mention Dove bars?

25. Scary movies or happy endings? Happy endings.

26. Last movie you watched? Superman, Man of Steel with my grandsons

27.What color shirt are you wearing? Light blue pattern

28. What is your favorite holiday?  Christmas

29. Beer or Wine? Neither. Vodka and orange juice.  Used to drink wine.

30. Night owl or morning person? Both, I work best from 7 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 10 p.m.

31. Favorite day of the week? Any all genealogy day.

I look forward to seeing everyone's answers!


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Working With the MyHeritage Theory of Family Relativity™

MyHeritage announced their "Theory of Family Relativity" feature last Wednesday - see   Introducing The Theory of Family Relativity™ — a Genealogy Game-Changer.  There is lots of demonstration and explanation in their blog post. 

In general, MyHeritage has found "theories" that may explain how you and some of your DNA Matches are related.  They do this by comparing your MyHeritage tree ancestors to profiles in other MyHeritage trees and MyHeritage record collections (including record sets, FamilySearch Family Tree, Geni World Tree, etc.).

The "theories" really are "hypotheses" (in a scientific definition) based on available records - you might be related to your DNA match through connections between your MyHeritage tree and other MyHeritage trees, or using vital, census or other records.  The "Theory" is how MyHeritage thinks the relationship happens.  So these "hypotheses" may not be correct, but you do have a DNA match!  There can be more than one "theory" for a given DNA match.

In this post, I want to demonstrate how it looks and works on my system, and the things that users should watch out for.

1)  On my MyHeritage home page, I clicked on the "DNA" menu and saw the new "DNA Tools" option:

2)  Clicking on the "DNA Tools" link took me right into my DNA Results page, and the pink section has a link to "View Theories:"
 3)  I clicked on the bright pink "View theories" button on the screen above, and my list of 15 matches for the "Has Theory of Family Relativity" page opened:

4)  I scrolled down a bit to one of my matches with a "Theory" and clicked on the match's name:

The screen above told me the DNA Match's name, age group and location (which I have anonymized), that we are 3rd to 5th cousins, and share 35.7 cM in 2 segments, with the largest segment being 19.3 cM.

Scrolling down, I can see the "Theory of Family Relativity" graphic that shows my line and my Match's line back to common ancestors, John Rich and Rebecca Hill (my 3rd great-grandparents (two screens):

5)  On the screens above, there is a bright pink button to "View full Theory" and when I clicked that, it showed me that they used my MyHeritage tree (on the left) and the Match's MyHeritage tree on the right side of the screen below:

This match used only MyHeritage trees to find the connection.

6)  There is a green button between my Rebecca Hill and my Match's Rebecca Hill with "100%" below it - clicking the green button provides a "Review Match" table:

I agree that this match is 100%!  

7)  I have added my DNA Match's line to my RootsMagic family tree, and have added a "DNA Match" note with the Match's name, shared cM, number of segments, relationship, and common ancestors.

8)  I have 15 matches using the "Theory of Family Relativity."  That's out of over 6,100 matches on my DNA Match list - so only 0.25%.  I expected to see more theories, but that's probably more a function of  the lack of, or sparseness of, MyHeritage trees for my MyHeritage DNA matches.

Unfortunately, not all of my "Theories" are correct.  I will highlight one of them in a future blog post.  

8)  This is not a PERFECT system - the user still has to review each match and the hypotheses made for each step of the relativity chart.  


Disclosure:  I have a complementary subscription to MyHeritage, and have received material considerations from MyHeritage over the past ten years.

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RootsTech LiveStreaming Classes for Saturday, 2 March 2019

Even though I am not at RootsTech 2019 in Salt Lake City this year, I can still participate in some of the education opportunities by watching the livestreaming classes on

Here is the schedule of presentations that will be shown during Friday, 1 March, with times in Pacific time (add 1 hour for Mountain, 2 hours for Central, 3 hours for Eastern, 8 hours for the UK, etc.):

*  7:00 a.m. -- 
Trace the Story of Immigrant Ancestors in 3 Steps (Power Hour) 
Susan Miller, D. Joshua Taylor, and Frederick Wertz explore 3 key steps to unlocking the story of your immigrant ancestors with the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

*  8:30 a.m. -- Examining Your DNA Matches with DNA Painter 
DNA Painter is a website that can help interpret and demystify your autosomal DNA results. Using practical examples, Jonny Perl will demonstrate how DNA Painter can be used for a variety of activities including chromosome mapping and relationship prediction for unknown DNA matches.

*  10:00 a.m. -- 
Saturday General Session: Jake Shimabukuro 
World renowned ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro will be the keynote speaker. Get ready to hear Jake’s inspiring story, and listen to the one-of-a-kind ukulele musician play the instrument like you’ve never heard it before.

*  12:30 p.m. -- L
eading with Science at 23andMe (Sponsored by 23andMe) 
In this session, Sarah Lashkey will walk through how research works at 23andMe and how you can contribute to scientific discoveries.

*  2:00 p.m. -- 
The Silent Language of the Stones: Reading Gravestones through Symbols and Carvings 
Symbols and icons have been used on tombstones for centuries, but it was not until the mid-1800s that this secret language on the stones became popular. Joy Neighbors will explore these symbols and statues that tell stories of the deceased, including family relationships, religious affiliations, military service, occupations, and society memberships.


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Friday, March 1, 2019

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 1 March 2019

I received this information from Findmypast this afternoon:


New Cincinnati Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

There are more than 6.7 million new records available to search this Findmypast Friday:

Cincinnati Roman Catholic Parish Records
Over 405,000 sacramental register entries covering 103 Parishes across the Dioceses of Cincinnati are now available to search online for the first time. These new collections consist of indexes of baptisms, marriages, burials and congregational records spanning the years 1800 to 1979. These new collection include;

                    Cincinnati Roman Catholic Parish Congregational Records
                    Cincinnati Roman Catholic Parish Burials
                    Cincinnati Roman Catholic Parish Marriages
                    Cincinnati Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms
In 1850, Cincinnati was the 5th largest city in the United States. Its location on the Ohio River made it a popular stopping off point for immigrants and pioneers traveling west, many of whom stopped long enough to create a sacramental record. Early in the history of the Archdiocese there were large numbers of German and Irish immigrants spread throughout its counties and, by the end of the 19th century, there were joined by increasing numbers of Italians and Eastern Europeans.

Liverpool Roman Catholic Parish Records
Over 1.4 million baptisms, marriages, burials and congregational records covering 47 parishes have been released online for the first time in association with the Archdiocese of Liverpool. These latest additions to our collections of English Catholic records span the years 1754 to 1988 and include images of the original documents. These new records have been added to the following collection;
                    England Roman Catholic Parish Congregational Records
                    England Roman Catholic Parish Marriages
                    England Roman Catholic Parish Burials
                    England Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms
Between 1830 and 1930 about forty million people left Europe in search of a better life and roughly nine million of them sailed from Liverpool, then the largest emigration port in the world. These people were mostly travelling to North America, Australia and New Zealand - the ‘New World’ - and the millions of Irish, English, Scottish, Italians, Germans, Polish and many others who settled in or passed through the city are captured in city’s records.

Search for your Liverpool ancestors with over 2.5 million admission and discharge registers, classification lists, registers of the sick, and other documents from seven different institutions including: Fazakerley Cottage Homes, Kirkdale Industrial Schools, West Derby Union Workhouse, Olive Mount Children's Home, Sefton General Hospital, Toxteth Park Workhouse, Walton Workhouse, and West Derby Union.

Within the admission and discharge registers, you may discover your ancestor’s religion, last residence, name and address of nearest relatives, and discharge date. The classification lists would classify children as orphans, illegitimate, deserted, child of parents undergoing punishment, child of widows or widowers, or child of lunatics. The records also contain lists of children sent to Canada. The lists will provide the date the child was sent, the name and address of the foster parents, and the ship name.

Liverpool Church of England Parish records
Over 2.2 million parish baptisms, marriages, burials and congregational records have been added to our collection of Lancashire Church of England parish records. The new additions cover 157 parishes across the city and span the years 1653 to 1991 and are available to search through the following collections;

                    Lancashire, Liverpool Congregational Records
                    Lancashire Baptisms  
                    Lancashire Banns & Marriages
                    Lancashire Burials
The records are also available to browse.

Over 646,000 additional records covering hundreds of schools across Liverpool and Lancashire between 1807 and 1952 are now available to search. The new additions include admissions, withdrawals and log books that will enable you to learn more about your ancestor’s early years.
These records may reveal a variety of details about your ancestors including birth dates, admission years and the schools they attended. You may also be able to discover their parents’ names, father’s occupation, exam results and any illnesses that led to absence from school.

England & Wales Non-Conformist Records
Over 50,000 additional records have been added to our collections of England & Wales Non-Conformist births and baptisms, marriages and burials covering Methodist churches in the English port city of Liverpool. The new additions span over 100 years of the city’s history between 1800 and 1915 and are available to search within the following collections:

                    England & Wales Non-Conformist Marriages
                    England & Wales Non-Conformist Burials
                    England & Wales Non-Conformist Births and Baptisms

This week we have added 117,904 new pages to The Archive. We have two brand new titles joining us this week – the Folkestone Express, Sandgate, Shorncliffe & Hythe Advertiser, which spans the years between 1868 and 1919, and the Central Somerset Gazette, which covers the years between 1862 and 1981.

This week also sees updates to four of our existing titles, with further updates to last week’s new title, the East Kent Gazette, as well as new pages for the Oxfordshire Telegraph, the Sunday Independent (Dublin) and the Evening Herald (Dublin).


Disclosure:  I have a complimentary subscription to Findmypast, and have accepted meals and services from Findmypast, as a Findmypast Ambassador.  This has not affected my objectivity relative to Findmypast and its products.

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Genealogy News Bytes - 1 March 2019

Some of the genealogy news items across my desktop the last three days include:

1)  News Articles:

* Announces MyTreeTags™ Feature in Beta Release]

* Introduces New and Improved DNA Matching Tools Feature in Beta 

* Introduces New AncestryDNA ThruLines™ Feature in Beta Release

*  Ancestry® Announces Coveted Content Releases & New Family History Research Tools at RootsTech

*  MyHeritage Releases the "Theory of Family Relativity™" Feature for Finding Common Ancestors of MyHeritageDNA Matches 

*  MyHeritage Adds Automatic Clustering of DNA Matches for Insights on Common Ancestors 

*  DNA Quest Initiative Is Extended

*  RootsTech London – October 24-26, 2019

*  The LDS Church Donates 2 Million $ to the International African American Museum Center

*   Findmypast Announces Project to Digitise & Publish 1921 Census of England & Wales 

*  Stephen & Tabitha King Donate 1.25 Million $ to NEHGS

 IGHR 2019 registration tomorrow!

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

Findmypast’s Exclusive Catholic Heritage Archive Continues to Grow

*  Fold3 Adds New Allied POW Records

*  Chronicling America Updates - February, 2019

3)  Genealogy Education - Webinars:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Upcoming SCGS Webinar - Saturday, 2 March, 10 a.m.:  Irish Research - What's New? by Donna Moughty

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 5 March, 5 p.m. PST:  Polled! Finding your Ancestors in New South Wales Colonial Muster and Census Returns, by Carol Baxter

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 6 March, 11 a.m. PST: A Guide to Third Party Tools For DNA Testing, by Michelle Leonard

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Spreadsheets 401 : Excel-lent Inspiration, by Mary Kircher Roddy

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Online Resources for French Genealogy part III: Succession tables, Electoral lists, Notarial Records, Newspapers, by Paul Woodbury

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips Podcast:  #49… The Benefits Of Tying Historic Figures And Events To Your Ancestral Stories

5)  Genealogy Education - Video:

*  FamilySearch YouTube:  Watch the RootsTech 2019 Free Live Stream - Wednesday

 FamilySearch YouTube:  Watch the RootsTech 2019 Free Live Stream - Thursday

*  Ancestral Findings YouTube:  #227 - Your Foot Shape and Your Genealogy 

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  Creative Ways to Showcase Genealogy In Your Home - RootsTech Expo Hall

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  Nathan Dylan Goodwin Released Two New Genealogy Mystery Novels

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube: How to Handle Junk Information on Ancestry Trees?

*  Sharn White YouTube:  Rootstech 2019 Day 1

*  Sharn White YouTube: Interviewing Nick BARRATT of Who Do You Think You Are at Rootstech

*  Ancestry YouTube:  RootsTech 2019 Address From Ancestry CEO Margo Georgiadis | Ancestry

*  BYU Family History Library YouTube:  Learning to Love Family History...Research! by Kathryn Grant (UPDATED)

*  RF Tree genealogy YouTube:  Podcast #5 - King George

6)  Genealogy Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Friday, March 1,  2019

7)  DNA Success Stories

*  DNA Test Reveals Lookalike Friends Are Actually Sisters

*  Siblings reunite after 53 years thanks to DNA test through

 Former LA County 5th District Supervisor Mike Antonovich meets his biological son

8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 26 February 2019?


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