Saturday, August 10, 2019

Added and Updated Record Collections at - Week of 4 to 10 August 2019

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

As of 10 August 2019, there were 2,539 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):

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

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Kansas State Census, 1925       (; 1,833,079 indexed records with 1,833,079 record images, ADDED 5 Aug 2019

Australia, Queensland, Toowoomba, Prison Records Index, 1864-1906       (; 7,634 indexed records with 7,634 record images, ADDED 5 Aug 2019

Maine, Kennebec County, Togus National Cemetery Records (; 2,614 indexed records with 2,614 record images, ADDED 10 Aug 2019

--- Collections Updated ---

South Carolina, Charleston County, Charleston, Birth Registers, 1901-1926       (; 10,497 indexed records with 691 record images (was 5,965 records with 392 images), Updated 10 Aug 2019

*  South Dakota, Grave Registration Records, 1940-1941     (; 82,103 indexed records with 6,762 record images (was 47,350 records with 3,617 images), Updated 5 Aug 2019

South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Death, 1869-1954 (; 781,045 indexed records with 779,826 record images (was 557,525 records with 556,579 images), Updated 6 Aug 2019

New Jersey, Essex County, Superintendent of Soldiers' Burials, 1776-1979        (; 37,435 indexed records with 31,806 record images (was 37,263 records with 31,634 images), Updated 5 Aug 2019

Peru, Cemetery Records, 1912-2013       (; 87,828 indexed records with 2,428 record images (was 78,135 records with 2,375 images), Updated 10 Aug 2019

Missouri State and Territorial Census Records, 1732-1933        (; 216,599 indexed records with 12,444 record images (was 125,993 records with 12,444 images), Updated 6 Aug 2019

Oregon, Oregon State Archives, Marriage Records, 1906-1968      (; Browse 42,339 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 24,485 images), Updated 9 Aug 2019

Ukraine, Zaporizhia Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1811-1858 (; 130,469 indexed records with 62,154 record images (was 130,469 records with 62,154 images), Updated 7 Aug 2019

New Jersey Naturalization Records, 1796-1991    (; 11,941 indexed records with 18,807 record images (was 11,941 records with 18,807 images), Updated 5 Aug 2019

United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940  (; 6,931,032 indexed records with 5,610,978 record images (was 3,658,350 records with 2,707,258 images), Updated 9 Aug 2019

United States Deceased Physician File (AMA), 1864-1968  (; 250,206 indexed records with 707,724 record images (was 222,444 records with 707,724 images), Updated 10 Aug 2019

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (; 34,153,318 indexed records with 46,885,712 record images (was 34,153,319 records with 46,885,712 images), Updated 8 Aug 2019

Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950       (; 1,115,060 indexed records with 6,635,049 record images (was 1,056,188 records with 6,635,049 images), Updated 9 Aug 2019

Rhode Island Naturalization Records 1907-1991   (; 162,287 indexed records with 5,753 record images (was 6,629 records with 5,753 images), Updated 6 Aug 2019

Nova Scotia Births, 1864-1877   (; 218,724 indexed records with 35,026 record images (was 218,648 records with 35,026 images), Updated 5 Aug 2019

New York, County Naturalization Records, 1791-1980      (; 2,956,994 indexed records with 3,080,948 record images (was 2,536,722 records with 3,080,948 images), Updated 5 Aug 2019

French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 60,777 indexed records with 9,903 record images (was 55,916 records with 9,339 images), Updated 5 Aug 2019

Honduras, Catholic Church Records, 1633-1978    (; 1,244,955 indexed records with 425,330 record images (was 1,195,493 records with 425,330 images), Updated 8 Aug 2019

Iowa, Records of Persons Subject to Military Duty, 1862-1910    (; 5,075,771 indexed records with 107,838 record images (was 5,075,783 records with 107,838 images), Updated 3 Aug 2019

Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013       (; 5,089,894 indexed records with 1,547,844 record images (was 5,089,894 records with 1,549,413 images), Updated 9 Aug 2019

Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974       (; 1,873,338 indexed records with 227,657 record images (was 1,873,338 records with 132,783 images), Updated 5 Aug 2019

New York, Southern District, U.S District Court Naturalization Records, 1824-1946       (; 1,972,408 indexed records with 2,187,206 record images (was 893,360 records with 2,187,206 images), Updated 4 Aug 2019

*  England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991   (; Index only (14,810,408 records), no images (was 14,810,408 records with 0 images), Updated 6 Aug 2019

England Marriages, 1538–1973    (; Index only (16,104,626 records), no images (was 16,104,626 records with 0 images), Updated 6 Aug 2019

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975      (; Index only (68,876,243 records), no images (was 68,876,243 records with 0 images), Updated 6 Aug 2019

Florida Deaths, 1877-1939       (; 471,799 indexed records with 471,266 record images (was 471,800 records with 0 images), Updated 8 Aug 2019

Germany, Prussia, Westphalia, Minden, Miscellaneous Collections from the Municipal Archives, 1574-1912  (; 110,280 indexed records with 7,654 record images (was 90,857 records with 7,654 images), Updated 7 Aug 2019

North Carolina, Wake County, Death Records, 1900-1909   (; 1,106 indexed records with 1,098 record images (was 0 records with 216 images), Updated 8 Aug 2019

Nova Scotia Marriages, 1864-1918        (; 175,429 indexed records with 21,950 record images (was 174,879 records with 21,950 images), Updated 9 Aug 2019

England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (; 1,041,911 indexed records with 87,090 record images (was 1,041,614 records with 87,086 images), Updated 4 Aug 2019

Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Cemetery Records, 1845 - 1960       (; 99,542 indexed records with 2,748 record images (was 56,664 records with 1,696 images), Updated 10 Aug 2019

Nova Scotia Deaths, 1864-1877   (; 8,268 indexed records with 27,717 record images (was 8,202 records with 27,717 images), Updated 10 Aug 2019

Ohio Tax Records, 1800-1850     (; 5,699,626 indexed records with 45,984 record images (was 5,699,600 records with 45,984 images), Updated 4 Aug 2019

Arkansas Confederate Soldier Home,1890-1963     (; 1,531 indexed records with 1,393 record images (was 1,448 records with 1,381 images), Updated 8 Aug 2019

--- Collections with new images ---

Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971   (; 3,503,512 indexed records with 8,035,541 record images (was 3,503,512 records with 8,035,492 images),  14 Mar 2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915   (; 12,843 indexed records with 230 record images (was 12,843 records with 817 images),  20 Feb 2019

Uruguay, Civil Registration Index Card, 1900-1937       (; 2,403,927 indexed records with 639,125 record images (was 2,403,927 records with 639,347 images),  10 Jan 2019

South Africa, Orange Free State, Probate Records from the Master of the Supreme Court, 1832-1989        (; 459,453 indexed records with 59,446 record images (was 459,453 records with 60,174 images),  26 Jun 2019

Spain, Arag√≥n, Electoral Censuses, 1890-1934    (; 4,972,408 indexed records with 42,540 record images (was 4,972,408 records with 53,004 images),  4 Jun 2019

Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965       (; 1,678,119 indexed records with 1,675,624 record images (was 1,678,119 records with 1,676,689 images),  16 Mar 2019

South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950   (; 439,965 indexed records with 316,083 record images (was 439,965 records with 316,352 images),  3 May 2019

United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (; 2,220,670 indexed records with 137,423 record images (was 2,220,670 records with 137,618 images),  31 Jan 2019

--- Collections with new records ---

Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997      (; Index only (541,107 records), no images (was 540,200 records with 0 images),  3 Oct 2014

Minnesota Deaths and Burials, 1835-1990 (; Index only (1,434,142 records), no images (was 345,648 records with 0 images),  9 Dec 2010

Minnesota Births and Christenings, 1840-1980    (; Index only (1,203,965 records), no images (was 1,203,423 records with 0 images),  15 May 2018

Minnesota Marriages, 1849-1950  (; Index only (438,331 records), no images (was 438,284 records with 0 images),  18 Jul 2016


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 -- Where Were You in 2000?

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

Do you recall what you were doing in 2000?  Family, school, work, hobbies, technology, genealogy, vacations, etc?  If this doesn't work for you, what about your parents?

2)  Tell us in a blog post of your own, in a comment on this blog, or in a Facebook post.

Here's mine:

In 2000, I was 57 years old, and worked at Goodrich Aerospace (the Rohr Industries company in Chula Vista was bought by Goodrich in 1997) as an Aero/Thermo Staff Engineer.  I didn't travel much for work in 2000, and was eyeing retirement after 33 years.  Linda was teaching 5th grade at Montgomery Elementary School in Chula Vista.  She went almost every day to swim at the fitness center, did the shopping, and had several angel hunting trips to Temecula with friends.  We enjoyed being with friends and family, the church fellowship group, attending Padres games, the Lamb’s Player Theatre in Coronado, and the Shadow Mountain Saturday Night concert series.   

My genealogy efforts were in the evenings and on the weekends.  I went to the Family History Center in Mission Valley almost every Saturday to order and view microfilms, but also had several trips during the year to the SDGS and Carlsbad libraries.  I had a Windows PC with a cable modem in 2000, and worked on the Internet to find distant cousins on message boards, mailing lists and the genealogy forums at (a social media network).  I finally subscribed to in 2000.  I was using Family Tree Maker (probably version 10 or so?) for my family tree and was entering data from all of the paper I had collected since 1988.

Our big event for 2000 was the wedding of our oldest daughter, Lori, to Michael on 30 September 2000 in Brookdale, California.  They bought a small home nestled in the redwood trees about 10 miles north (up highway 9) of Santa Cruz.  Their pride and joy is a 10 month old cat named Mira (our grand-kitty), who is a lot of fun!  

The wedding was outdoors in their back yard – in an amphitheater setting, seating about 60 people.  It was a beautiful and joyous day.  The beautiful bride rode into the amphitheater on her boss’s horse, and walked down the aisle with her father to be wed.  Their mothers reflected on their lives and personalities before the vows. After the ceremony, a champagne reception was held at their house, followed by a wonderful dinner and reception at the Brookdale Lodge.  Lori and Michael went to Hawaii for their honeymoon.

Daughter Tami and her husband James were married in 1997, and in 2000 were renting a small house in the Belmont Shore area of Long Beach CA.  Tami was in her second year as an English teacher at West Covina High School.  She was her sister’s matron of honor.  They enjoy their new home and being “parents” of Walter, a 9 month old basset hound.  Walter is a svelte 52 pounds and growing, loves to snuggle, takes Tami and James for walks to the beach and to the main avenue, where he is a chick magnet.  We visited Tami and James new home in Long Beach in June and met our grand-puppy, and visited several more times in Long Beach.

We enjoyed a two week vacation in the Pacific Northwest in late July and early August.  We flew into Seattle, and spent time sightseeing and visiting with friends and Leland cousins, including a family get-together.  Then it was off to Vancouver for two days of sightseeing, followed by a seven day Alaska cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam of the Holland America line.  The ship stopped in Ketchikan, Juneau and Sitka, with visits to Glacier Bay and College Fjord, ending up in Seward, Alaska.  We took a helicopter visit to the Mendenhall glacier outside of Juneau, which was cool.  We took an observation train to Anchorage, did some sightseeing there, and flew home.  The cruise was relaxing and interesting, the scenery was spectacular, and our table mates were friendly and fun.  

Three young ladies from Finland (the 2000 Olympic Shopping Team) came to stay with us for a week in early November, and endured election night with many questions.  Mia (one of our exchange students in 1994), Milla and Ulla went to Washington state to do research for their Master’s degree program.  They were here during the election, did some sightseeing and shopping, helped out in Linda’s classroom, and brightened our lives considerably!  They returned to Finland via Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Dallas.  

We were able to see Linda's brother and father in San Jose on our trips to see Lori, and we took my mother shopping and sightseeing around Point Loma.  I spent some time with her looking over old photographs and trying to get her to talk about her life.  We got together with my mother and brothers on most of the holidays we were home.

So, 30 years of marriage, 25 years in our house, 33 years at Rohr/Goodrich, two married daughters but no grandchildren yet - but hope was springing eternal!  


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Surname Saturday -- LNU (Sarah, who married Robert Keyes - England to colonial Massachusetts)

It's Surname Saturday, and I'm "counting down" my Ancestral Name List each week.

I am working in the 9th great-grandmothers by Ahnentafel number, and I am up to Ancestor #2337 who is Sarah LNU (1611-1681). [Note: the more recent ancestral families have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through one generation in this LNU family line is:

1. Randall J. Seaver

2. Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983)
3. Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)

4. Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942)
5. Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962)

8. Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922)
9. Hattie Louise Hildreth (1857-1920)

18.  Edward Hildreth (1831-1899)
19.  Sophia Newton (1834-1923)

36.  Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857)
37.  Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857)

72.  Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1829)
73.  Elizabeth Keyes (1759-1793)

146.  Jonathan Keyes (1721-1781)
147.  Elizabeth Fletcher (1720-1761)

292.  Joseph Keyes (1698-1744)
293.  Elizabeth Fletcher (1698-1775)

584.  Joseph Keyes (1667-1757)
585.  Joanna Cleveland (1670-1758)

1168.  Solomon Keyes (1631-1702)
1169.  Frances Grant (1634-1708)

2336.  Robert Keyes, born about 1605 in England; died 16 July 1647 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.  He married before 1631 in England.
2337.  Sarah  LNU, born about 1611 in England; died 07 July 1681 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Robert Keyes and Sarah LNU are:
Solomon Keyes (1631-1702), married 1653 Frances Grant (1634-1708).
*  Sarah Keyes (1633-????), married 1656 Samuel Buswell (1628-1704).
*  Peter Keyes (1635-1702), married 1667 Elizabeth LNU (1640-????).
*  Rebecca Keyes (1638-????), married (1) 1657 William Smith (1632-1693); (2) 1693 Daniel Kilham (1620-1699).
*  Phebe Keyes (1639-1701), married 1660 John French (1635-1707).
*  Mary Keyes (1642-1642).
*  Elias Keyes (1643-????), married 1665 Sarah Blanford (1643-????).
*  Mary Keyes (1645-1668), married 1664 Benjamin Gage (1643-1672).

After the death of Robert Keyes in 1647, Sarah (LNU) Keyes married (2) John Gage (1606-1672) in 1658 in Ipswich, Massachusetts.  They had no children.

I don't have an clues as to the maiden name of Sarah (LNU) (Keyes) Gage.

There is significant information about the Robert Keyes family

*  Asa Keyes, Genealogy, Robert Keyes of Watertown, Mass. 1633, Solomon Keyes of Newbury and Chelmsford, Mass. and Their Descendants (Brattleboro, Vt. : Geo. E. Selleck, 1880).

*  Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 (Boston, Mass. : NEHGS, 1995),  Volume II, pp. 1128-1131, Robert Keyes sketch.

I have done no original research on the immigrant Keyes family.


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Friday, August 9, 2019

Genealogy News Bytes - 9 August 2019

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

1)  News Articles:

Millions of Books Are Secretly in the Public Domain. You Can Download Them Free

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

*   Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 14 August, 9 a.m. PDT:  MyHeritage-palvelut; sukupuu, SuperSearch ja DNA (Finnish), by Juha Vuorela

*   Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 14 August, 5 p.m. PDT:  Basics of Land Platting - Part 1, by J. Mark Lowe

*   Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Finding Families in New Zealand, by Fiona Brooker

*   Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Case Studies in Gray: Identifying Shared Ancestries Through DNA and Genealogy, by Nicka Smith

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  A Path to Distant Lands: America's Ethnic Settlements, by Sharon Monson

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips:  #95:  Bucket Lists

5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  BYU Family History Library:  Navigating Family Tree - Kathryn Grant

*  BYU Family History Library:  12-Ancestry Overview - Judy Sharp (Aug 2019)

6)  Genealogy Bargains:

7)  DNA Stories:

8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 6 August 2019?


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 9 August 2019

I received this information from Findmypast today:


New records available to search this Findmypast Friday

Is your family from Scotland? Discover more about your Scottish families' name and history from this collection of publications. There are over 400 publications in this collection of Scottish family histories.
The publications mostly date from the 19th and early 20th centuries, they include memoirs, genealogies, and clan histories. There are also publications that have been produced by emigrant families.
Over 37,000 records have been added to the Glasgow & Lanarkshire Death & Burial Index. These new additions cover Bent Cemetery in Hamilton and consist of transcripts of original documents that will reveal a combination of your ancestors' birth year, death and burial dates, age at death, burial place and mortcloth price.
Over 777,000 new records from the major port city of Baltimore in Maryland have recently been added to these passenger and crew lists.
This national collection brings together records of passengers and crew who arrived in America by ship or by plane from the East Coast to the West Coast and will reveal where your ancestor was born, where they sailed from, where they arrived and when.
Over 5,000 additional records are now available to search. The new records cover two cemeteries in Teddington as well as the Parish of St Mary's in Sunbury.
Monumental Inscriptions can reveal the names of others buried in that plot as well as more specific details regarding age, birth and death dates. This can be incredibly helpful as it can provide you with the names and dates of your ancestor's next of kin, including their relation to one another.
Historical newspapers hot off the press this week include:
·       Hawick Express covering the years 1892, 1903-1904, 1913-1914, 1919-1940, 1950-1952
·       Coatbridge Express covering the years 1885-1951
·       Dalkeith Advertiser covering the years 1869-1953
·       Barrhead News covering the years 1897-1912
·       Banffshire Herald covering the years 1893-1912
·       Banffshire Advertiser covering the years 1881-1902, 1905-1912
Plus, we've added even more coverage to these papers:
·       Aberdeen Press and Journal – 1991 added
·       Aberdeen Evening Express – 1991 added
·       The Queen - 1901-1904 added

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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