Saturday, August 24, 2019

Added and Updated Record Collections at - Week of 18 to 24 August 2019

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

As of 24 August 2019, there were 2,569 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):

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

--- Collections Deleted ---

*  Oregon, Oregon State Archives, Births Records, 1842-1917        (; Index only, no images, DELETED 22 May 2019

Wisconsin Index to Naturalization Petitions, 1848-1990  (; 4,866 indexed records with 4,866 record images, DELETED 25 Jul 2019

--- Collections Added   ---

Virginia, Slave Birth Index, 1853-1866  (; 241 indexed records with 241 record images, ADDED 24 Aug 2019

New York, Wills and Deeds, ca. 1700s-2017 (; Index only, no images, ADDED 1 Jan 1970

Louisiana, Orleans Parish, Birth Records, 1819-1906     (; Index only, no images, ADDED 24 Aug 2019

Alabama, County Birth Registers, 1881-1930      (; 61 indexed records with 61 record images, ADDED 24 Aug 2019

New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956  (; 4,749,222 indexed records with 4,749,222 record images, ADDED 20 Aug 2019

--- Collections Updated ---

South Carolina, Charleston County, Charleston, Birth Registers, 1901-1926       (; 14,550 indexed records with 947 record images (was 13,419 records with 875 images), Updated 24 Aug 2019

Italy, Caserta, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1866   (; 72 indexed records with 72 record images (was 9 records with 9 images), Updated 23 Aug 2019

Maine, Kennebec County, Togus National Cemetery Records (; 4,437 indexed records with 4,436 record images (was 4,428 records with 4,427 images), Updated 20 Aug 2019

Peru, Cemetery Records, 1912-2013       (; 104,289 indexed records with 2,777 record images (was 97,083 records with 2,624 images), Updated 24 Aug 2019

United States, Native American Birth and Death Records, 1885-1940       (; 78,133 indexed records with 5,912 record images (was 76,966 records with 4,882 images), Updated 22 Aug 2019

South Africa, Natal, Passenger Lists, 1860-1911 (; Browse 6,677 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 6,677 images), Updated 23 Aug 2019

United States Deceased Physician File (AMA), 1864-1968  (; 323,111 indexed records with 707,724 record images (was 282,068 records with 707,724 images), Updated 24 Aug 2019

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (; 34,153,316 indexed records with 46,885,712 record images (was 34,153,317 records with 46,885,712 images), Updated 23 Aug 2019

Ohio, Summit County, Coroner Inquests, Hospital and Cemetery Records, 1882-1949 (; 11,863 indexed records with 12,047 record images (was 11,863 records with 12,047 images), Updated 19 Aug 2019

Austria, Vienna, Jewish Registers of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1784-1911   (; 75,253 indexed records with 206,316 record images (was 59,186 records with 206,316 images), Updated 23 Aug 2019

United States Census, 1940      (; 134,827,283 indexed records with 3,841,151 record images (was 134,827,283 records with 3,841,151 images), Updated 20 Aug 2019

Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929        (; 52,697 indexed records with 159,626 record images (was 33,779 records with 159,626 images), Updated 23 Aug 2019

New York, Western District, Naturalization Index, 1907-1966     (; 89,554 indexed records with 89,554 record images (was 89,554 records with 89,554 images), Updated 20 Aug 2019

Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903  (; Index only (291,424 records), no images (was 194,981 records with 0 images), Updated 23 Aug 2019

Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Cemetery Records, 1845 - 1960       (; 185,811 indexed records with 39,401 record images (was 157,668 records with 37,808 images), Updated 24 Aug 2019

Iowa, Old Age Tax Assistance Records, 1934-1958 (; Index only (917,736 records), no images (was 833,307 records with 0 images), Updated 20 Aug 2019

California, Los Angeles, Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, Deceased Card File Index, 1877-1989  (; 85,985 indexed records with 85,834 record images (was 4,166 records with 4,159 images), Updated 24 Aug 2019

South Carolina, Colleton County Marriage Licenses, 1911-1951    (; 26,920 indexed records with 26,324 record images (was 4,503 records with 4,290 images), Updated 22 Aug 2019

*  Illinois, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1998      (; 1,059,509 indexed records with 144,834 record images (was 1,057,736 records with 144,834 images), Updated 20 Aug 2019

North Carolina, Wake County, Death Records, 1900-1909   (; 1,126 indexed records with 1,118 record images (was 1,106 records with 1,098 images), Updated 21 Aug 2019

Nova Scotia Marriages, 1864-1918        (; 175,620 indexed records with 21,950 record images (was 175,518 records with 21,950 images), Updated 23 Aug 2019

Missouri, Jackson County Voter Registration Records, 1928-1956  (; 458,138 indexed records with 61,961 record images (was 360,647 records with 61,961 images), Updated 23 Aug 2019

Nova Scotia Deaths, 1864-1877   (; 8,602 indexed records with 27,717 record images (was 8,468 records with 27,717 images), Updated 22 Aug 2019

Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2016       (; 8,413,558 indexed records with 5,387,756 record images (was 8,067,739 records with 5,387,756 images), Updated 23 Aug 2019

*  France, Haute-Vienne, Census, 1836      (; Browse 3,278 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 3,278 images), Updated 23 Aug 2019

Iowa, Monroe County, Card Index of Births, Deaths & Marriages from Newspaper Clippings, 1898-2015       (; Index only (213,748 records), no images (was 212,077 records with 0 images), Updated 22 Aug 2019

*  South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895-1972    (; 1,788,133 indexed records with 2,216,270 record images (was 1,595,790 records with 2,216,270 images), Updated 23 Aug 2019

--- Collections with new images ---

Spain, Aragón, Electoral Censuses, 1890-1934    (; 4,972,408 indexed records with 53,004 record images (was 4,972,408 records with 25,885 images),  4 Jun 2019

France, Saône-et-Loire, Census, 1836    (; 545,834 indexed records with 10,183 record images (was 545,834 records with 10,182 images),  10 Apr 2019

France, Dordogne, Church and Civil Registration, 1540-1896      (; 7,882,907 indexed records with 3,099,653 record images (was 7,882,907 records with 3,098,316 images),  28 Mar 2018

Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971   (; 3,503,512 indexed records with 8,050,012 record images (was 3,503,512 records with 8,049,949 images),  14 Mar 2019

Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 903,219 indexed records with 84,174 record images (was 903,219 records with 76,064 images),  12 Jan 2019

Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965       (; 1,678,119 indexed records with 1,676,692 record images (was 1,678,119 records with 1,676,655 images),  16 Mar 2019

South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Marriages, 1870-1930     (; 253,685 indexed records with 253,519 record images (was 253,685 records with 253,446 images),  10 Apr 2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Death, 1869-1954 (; 781,045 indexed records with 779,000 record images (was 781,045 records with 779,826 images),  6 Aug 2019

Oregon, World War I, County Military Service Records, 1919-1920 (; 15,228 indexed records with 15,125 record images (was 15,228 records with 15,152 images),  19 Apr 2019

Iowa, Birth Records, 1921-1942  (; 743,126 indexed records with 740,963 record images (was 743,126 records with 741,019 images),  22 May 2019

--- Collections with records removed ---

Georgia, Houston County, Marriage Records, 1832-2015    (; 119,505 indexed records with 88,729 record images (was 119,506 records with 88,729 images),  29 Jun 2018

Ireland, Petty Sessions Court Registers, 1828-1912      (; 27,973 indexed records with 1 record images (was 34,289 records with 1 images),  24 Jun 2015

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991   (; Index only (14,808,957 records), no images (was 14,810,408 records with 0 images),  6 Aug 2019

England Marriages, 1538–1973    (; Index only (16,103,750 records), no images (was 16,104,626 records with 0 images),  6 Aug 2019

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975      (; Index only (68,863,807 records), no images (was 68,876,243 records with 0 images),  15 Aug 2019


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 -- Ancestor With Most Unusual Occupation

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!):

1)   Which of your ancestors had an unusual occupation?

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

Here's mine:

I think my ancestor with the most unusual occupation is my 2nd great-grandfather, Devier James Lamphier Smith (1839-1894).

In the scrapbook of his daughter, Della (Smith) Carringer, I found this advertisement:

Devier J. Smith, of McCook, Nebraska, was a SNAKE OIL SALESMAN!!  Er, hair tonic salesman.  Only $2 a bottle in about 1889.  It will give life to the roots, and make the hair very soft and glossy.

Only 130 years before my time, eh?  I could have used it 40 years ago.


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Surname Saturday -- LNU (Joanna, married Edward Winn, 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 #2343 who is Joanna LNU (1607-1649). [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 Cleaveland (1670-1758)

1170.  Moses Cleaveland (1624-1702)

1171.  Ann Winn (1626-1682)

2342.  Edward Winn, born about 1599 in England; died 05 September 1682 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.  He married before 1626 in England.
2343.  Joanna LNU, born about 1607 in England; died 08 March 1649 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Edward Winn and Joanna are:
Ann Winn (1626-1682), married 1648 Moses Cleaveland (1624-1702).
*  Elizabeth Winn (1628-1695), married 1649 George Polly (1625-1683).
*  Joseph Winn (1630-1715), married 1664 Rebecca Reed (1647-1734).
*  Increase Winn (1641-1690), married 1665 Hannah Sawtell (1642-1723).

Information about the Cleaveland family was obtained from:

*  Edmund James Cleveland and Horace Gillette Cleveland, The Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families (Hartford, Conn. : Case, Lockwood, and Brainard Company, 1899).

I have no idea what the maiden name of Joanna LNU is.

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


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Friday, August 23, 2019

Genealogy News Bytes - 23 August 2019

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

1)  News Articles:

NGS and FGS Announce Intent to Merge

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

*   Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Monday, 26 August, 5 a.m. PDT:  Généalogie pour débutants : Commencez votre arbre généalogique en ligne (French), by Elisabeth Zetland

*   Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 28 August, 11 a.m. PDT: Using Teams with your Genealogy, by Tessa Keough

*   Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Ten Tools for Genealogical Writing, by Harold Henderson

*   Archived Family Tree Webinar:  MyHeritage DNA - Ein Überblick (German), by Silvia de Silva

*   Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Bullet Journaling for Genealogy, by Shellee Morehead

*   Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Introduction to Forensic Genealogy, by Kelvin L. Meyers.

*   Archived Family Tree Webinar: Working a Probate Case as a Forensic Genealogist, by Kelvin L. Meyers

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips:  #99 - DNA Secrets

5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  DNA Family Trees:  AncestryDNA Thrulines Matches

6)  Genealogy Bargains:

7)  DNA Stories:

8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 20 August 2019?


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 23 August 2019

I received this information from Findmypast today:


New Scottish crime records available to search this Findmypast Friday

Over 28,000 records from the Fife Kalendar of Convicts have been added to our collection of Scottish crime records. The result of a 20 year project by Andrew Campbell of the Fife Family History Society, the Kalendar is an indexing to many of the courts in Fife as well as the High Court between 1708 and 1909. It includes information taken from a variety of sources ranging from court, prison and transportation records to births, marriages, deaths and newspaper reports.

Each result will include a transcript of the original document. The amount of information listed in each transcript will vary, but most will reveal a combination of the accused’s name, birth year, birth place, address and occupation, the nature of their offence, the date and location of their trail as well as the sentence they received. Some records will also include trial notes, verdict comments, details of previous convictions and additional comments.

The Scotland, Court & Criminal Database now contains over 160,000 including Crown Office Precognitions and High Court Trial Papers. Crown Office Precognitions are factual statements that have been given by witnesses to both the prosecution and defence before the case goes to trial. Precognitions differ from a witness statement, a witness statement is an account of what the witness has said or seen were as a precognition is an account of the witness’s evidence.

Explore PDF images of the “The Succession of Ministers on the Church of Scotland from the Reformation”. Compiled by Hew Scott, D.D., The work was revised and continued up to 1949 under the Superintendence of a Committee appointed by the General Assembly.
As quoted in the book, “the design of the present work is to present a comprehensive account of the Succession of Ministers of the Church of Scotland since the period of the Reformation. An attempt is made to give some additional interest by furnishing incidental notices of their lives, writings and families, which may prove useful to the Biographer, the Genealogist, and the Historian.”

Find your Isle of Man ancestors who fell in the Great War. The Isle Of Man Roll Of Honour recorded the names of more than 1,900 men who died during the First World War or died as a result of wounds, injury or disease contracted on active service. These transcripts will reveal your ancestor’s rank, regiment, parish and biography.

Originally published in 1934 by the War Pensions Committee, the publication was funded entirely by Lord Stanley, Earl of Derby. In 1936, the War Pensions Committee donated copies to each parish church throughout the island. The foreword, provided by Lord Stanley, reads ‘It is well that the deeds of those who died in the Great War should find a permanent memorial in such a list. Whilst this generation lives their names will not be forgotten, but other generations will arise to whom they will not be personally known. This Roll will serve to keep their memory green and future Manxmen and Manxwomen, when reading it, will realise that in our great struggle the Isle of Man played a noble part’.

Discover if your ancestors were born in Liechtenstein. Search through thousands of records from the Liechtenstein birth and baptism index. The records were created through the International Genealogical Index.
Each transcript will reveal a combination of your ancestors’ birth year, baptism date, baptism place and parents’ names.

Over 94,000 new pages covering 123 years of history are have been added to our newspaper collection this week. We have updated seven of our existing titles, with significant updates to Newcastle publication the Newcastle Daily Chronicle, to which we have added over 60,000 pages spanning the years 1870-1914.

We also have significant updates to society publication The Queen, as we continue to augment our early twentieth-century holdings for this newspaper. We have added pages to regional titles covering the North West of England – Penrith Observer and Lichfield Mercury – as well as Aberdeen – Aberdeen Press and Journal and Aberdeen Evening Express. Rounding off our updates this week is the Sunday World (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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