Saturday, August 31, 2019

Added and Updated Record Collections at - Week of 25 to 31 August 2019

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

As of 31 August 2019, there were 2,573 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 4 from last week):

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

--- Collections Added   ---

Pennsylvania, Allegheny, Pittsburgh, Naturalization Card File Index, 1906-1990  (; 116,726 indexed records with 116,726 record images, ADDED 30 Aug 2019

Hawaii, Births and Baptisms, 1843-1909  (; 31,568 indexed records with 31,568 record images, ADDED 28 Aug 2019

Utah, Cemetery Abstracts        (; 125,183 indexed records with 125,183 record images, ADDED 29 Aug 2019

Ohio, WWI Index and Return Cards, 1916-1920     (; 100,468 indexed records with 100,468 record images, ADDED 27 Aug 2019

--- Collections Updated ---

South Carolina, Charleston County, Charleston, Birth Registers, 1901-1926       (; 15,282 indexed records with 992 record images (was 14,550 records with 947 images), Updated 30 Aug 2019

Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980   (; 1,056,190 indexed records with 5,864,285 record images (was 920,375 records with 5,864,285 images), Updated 26 Aug 2019

United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (; 5,344,149 indexed records with 292,272 record images (was 2,220,670 records with 137,615 images), Updated 27 Aug 2019

Italy, Caserta, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1866   (; 228 indexed records with 228 record images (was 72 records with 72 images), Updated 30 Aug 2019

Peru, Cemetery Records, 1912-2013       (; 111,406 indexed records with 2,903 record images (was 104,289 records with 2,777 images), Updated 31 Aug 2019

Brazil, São Paulo, Civil Registration, 1925-1995        (; 2,055,765 indexed records with 2,009,803 record images (was 2,055,765 records with 2,009,803 images), Updated 31 Aug 2019

New York, County Marriages, 1847-1848; 1908-1936        (; 1,260,175 indexed records with 955,515 record images (was 1,256,101 records with 955,515 images), Updated 26 Aug 2019

United States Deceased Physician File (AMA), 1864-1968  (; 373,843 indexed records with 707,724 record images (was 323,111 records with 707,724 images), Updated 31 Aug 2019

Alabama, County Birth Registers, 1881-1930      (; 21,390 indexed records with 3,083 record images (was 61 records with 4 images), Updated 31 Aug 2019

Sweden, Household Examination Books, 1880-1930  (; 46,977,151 indexed records with 87,177 record images (was 46,977,151 records with 87,177 images), Updated 28 Aug 2019

England, Hampshire Parish Registers, 1538-1980  (; 2,161,827 indexed records with 140,288 record images (was 2,324,728 records with 173,076 images), Updated 26 Aug 2019

Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949  (; 952,108 indexed records with 585,021 record images (was 950,670 records with 585,021 images), Updated 27 Aug 2019

Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 3,528,161 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 3,481,812 records with 12,659,776 images), Updated 26 Aug 2019

El Salvador Civil Registration, 1704-2001       (; 1,603,711 indexed records with 1,381,210 record images (was 1,513,654 records with 1,381,210 images), Updated 30 Aug 2019

California, Los Angeles, Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, Deceased Card File Index, 1877-1989  (; 86,555 indexed records with 86,402 record images (was 85,985 records with 85,834 images), Updated 29 Aug 2019

Mexico, Sinaloa, Civil Registration, 1861-1929  (; 374,786 indexed records with 1,403,105 record images (was 329,176 records with 1,403,105 images), Updated 30 Aug 2019

Illinois, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1998      (; 1,059,509 indexed records with 144,834 record images (was 1,059,509 records with 144,834 images), Updated 29 Aug 2019

Croatia, Delnice Deanery Catholic Church Books, 1725-1926       (; 154,523 indexed records with 3,485 record images (was 139,553 records with 3,485 images), Updated 26 Aug 2019

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (; 34,153,316 indexed records with 46,885,712 record images (was 34,153,316 records with 46,885,712 images), Updated 30 Aug 2019

England, Cambridge Parish Registers, 1538-1983  (; 162,917 indexed records with 32,786 record images (was 16 records with 1 images), Updated 26 Aug 2019

North Carolina, Wake County, Death Records, 1900-1909   (; 1,146 indexed records with 1,138 record images (was 1,126 records with 1,118 images), Updated 31 Aug 2019

Nova Scotia Marriages, 1864-1918        (; 175,689 indexed records with 21,950 record images (was 175,620 records with 21,950 images), Updated 30 Aug 2019

England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (; 1,042,012 indexed records with 87,094 record images (was 1,041,995 records with 87,092 images), Updated 27 Aug 2019

Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Cemetery Records, 1845 - 1960       (; 192,870 indexed records with 39,600 record images (was 185,811 records with 39,401 images), Updated 31 Aug 2019

Nova Scotia Deaths, 1864-1877   (; 8,646 indexed records with 27,717 record images (was 8,602 records with 27,717 images), Updated 27 Aug 2019

Texas, Gonzales County, Birth Records, 1878-1945        (; 53,372 indexed records with 21,688 record images (was 53,386 records with 21,688 images), Updated 25 Aug 2019

Louisiana, Orleans Parish, Birth Records, 1819-1906     (; 3,064 indexed records with 1,548 record images (was 0 records with 111 images), Updated 31 Aug 2019

Switzerland, Bern, Civil Registration, 1792-1876        (; 35,371 indexed records with 4,900 record images (was 33,969 records with 4,900 images), Updated 27 Aug 2019

Virginia, Slave Birth Index, 1853-1866  (; 88,637 indexed records with 1,497 record images (was 241 records with 4 images), Updated 31 Aug 2019

--- Collections with new images ---

Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971   (; 3,503,512 indexed records with 8,050,059 record images (was 3,503,512 records with 8,050,012 images),  14 Mar 2019

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

--- Collections with images removed ---

Italy, Salerno, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1949   (; 29,500 indexed records with 5,911,970 record images (was 29,500 records with 5,922,834 images),  25 Jan 2019

Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965       (; 1,678,119 indexed records with 1,676,683 record images (was 1,678,119 records with 1,676,692 images),  16 Mar 2019

--- Collections with new records ---

New York, Wills and Deeds, ca. 1700s-2017       (; 20 indexed records with 20 record images (was 0 records with 20 images),  1 Jan 1970

--- Collections with records removed ---

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012   (; 5,795,902 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 5,802,173 records with 5,100,470 images),  14 Aug 2019

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,666 records), no images (was 875,610,669 records with 0 images),  17 Jun 2015

Australia Cemetery Inscriptions, 1802-2005      (; 1,124,412 indexed records with 329,238 record images (was 1,124,413 records with 329,238 images),  27 Jun 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 -- Your School Yearbook Photos

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) updated their School Yearbook collection and it is FREE to access until 2 September.  Use

2)  Show us your school yearbook photos from the Ancestry collection, or from your personal photo collection.  Tell us the school and year.  Add your spouse or best friend or children if you wish!

  3)  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:

1)  I was a 1961 high school graduate of San Diego High School in San Diego, California.  Here is the entry in the 1961 SDHS yearbook:

I think I wrote that myself trying to be funny.  I had to check a YouTube video yesterday to check out the Hully Gully song and dance.  I don't recall what Boys Federation was.  I recall Veni Vidi Vici.  I was skinny then - 5'7" and 120 pounds... I really didn't enjoy high school.  Math, Latin, Social Studies, Physics and Chemistry were great, but gym was terrible.  The only sport I was good at was handball.  Gym ruined my GPA.   I had no social life being smaller than every girl but one at the school.  

2)  Here is my wife, Linda Leland, in her 1960 yearbook of Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco:

And in the 1964 San Francisco State yearbook:

I showed you mine - please show me yours!!


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Surname Saturday -- JAMES (England to colonial Massachusetts)

t'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 #2377 who is Hannah JAMES (1629-1697). [Note: the more recent ancestral families have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through one generation in this JAMES 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)

74.  Josiah Sawtell (1768-1847)

75.  Hannah Smith (1768-1827)

148.  Ephraim Sawtell (1735-1800)
149.  Abigail Stone (1737-1800)

296.  Hezekiah Sawtell (1703-1779)
297.  Joanna Wilson (1702-1786)

594.  John Wilson (1673-1717)
595.  Elizabeth Foster (1673-1742)

1188.  John Wilson (1652-1735)
1189.  Johanna Carter (1647-1698)

John Wilson, born about 1625 in England; died 02 July 1687 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.  He married about 1650 in England.
2377.  Hannah James, born 1629 in England; died after 21 June 1697 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of John Wilson and Hannah James are:
John Wilson (1652-1735), married (1) 1673 Johanna Carter (1647-1698); (2) 1698 Susannah Goodenow (1643-1713); ((3) Rebecca LNU (1664-1749).
*  Sarah Wilson (1653-1686), married 1670 Samuel Snow (1647-1717).
*  Dorcas Wilson (1657-1714), married 1675 Aaron Cleaveland (1655-1716).
*  Samuel Wilson (1658-1729), married 1682 Elizabeth Pierce (1659-????).
*  Francis Wilson (1660-1724), married 1683 Ruth Duntlin (1661-1700).
*  James Wilson (1663-1750).
*  Abigail Wilson (1666-1747), married (1) 1684 Joseph Hildreth (1658-1706); (2) 1713 Jonathan Barrett (1658-1743).
*  Elizabeth Wilson (1668-1743), married 1685 Isaac Hildreth (1663-1730).
*  Benjamin Wilson (1670-1750).
*  Hannah Wilson (1672-1726), married (1) 1689 Jonathan Pierce (1663-1694); (2) 1695 James Proctor (1658-1710).

The parentage and English origin of Hannah James in unknown.  After the death of John Wilson, she married Thomas Fuller of Salem in about 1688.

Information about the Wilson family was obtained from:

*  Ken Stevens, Wilsons From New England, Volume "J" - Descendants of John Wilson of Woburn, Massachusetts (Walpole, N.H., K. Stevens, 1991).

I have done no original research on the immigrant Wilson  family or the James family.


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Friday, August 30, 2019

Genealogy News Bytes - 30 August 2019

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

1)  News Articles:

Now feel free to add City Limits to your County Maps -- and actually see what's going on!

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

3)  Genealogy Education - Webinars:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*   Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 3 September, 7 p.m. PDT:  Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research, by Paul Milner

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 4 September, 11 a.m. PDT:  Combining DNA and Traditional Research - In-Depth Case Studies, by Michelle Leonard

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Using Teams with your Genealogy, by Tessa Keough

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  The Show Me State: Research in Missouri, by Luana Darby

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips:  #101 - Genealogy Luck

5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  Family History Fanatics:  How Accurate Are AncestryDNA ThruLines?

*  Amie Bowser Tennant:  Family Story Friday: Dolly Parton is my Mom

*  GeneaVlogger:  Geni Curators (VLOG #34)

6)  Genealogy Bargains:

7)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 27 August 2019?


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 30 August 2019

I received this information from Findmypast today:


New records available to search this Findmypast Friday

Over 121,000 new records have been added to our collection of Scottish newspaper birth notices. These new additions have been transcribed from our existing collection of Scottish newspapers.
Each record includes a transcript and an image of the original newspaper announcement. The amount of information listed varies, but most records will list a combination of your ancestor’s birth date, birth place and parents’ names.

Over 500,000 additional records are now available to search. This collection of newspaper death reports and obituaries may reveal interesting or undiscovered stories surrounding your ancestors’ life and death.  Transcripts will reveal your ancestor’s death date, age at death, parents’ names and the name of their spouse.

A further 201,000 new records have also been added to our notices of marriages and anniversaries.  Also taken from our existing collection of historical newspapers, the records will include a combination of your ancestor’s marriage date, marriage place, spouse’s name and parents’ names. Images of the original notices may reveal additional details.

More than 26,000 new records have recently been added to this collection. Search these records to see if your ancestor’s probate papers have survived through the centuries. This index will give you details about the type of material available, the probate year, and your ancestor’s occupation and residence.

Until 1857, the Church of England was responsible for administering wills and probate cases. These wills would have been proved in ecclesiastic courts. The records cover Amounderness, Copeland, Furness, Kendal, and Lonsdale deaneries. This collection has been created by both Findmypast, which transcribed original records from the Lancashire Record Office, and the Lancashire and Cheshire Record Society, which provided index work.

Unearth your Dutch roots with three indexes to more than three million births & baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials that took place in the Netherlands between 1564 and 1945.
These transcripts were sourced from the International Genealogical Index and will generate hints against your Findmypast family tree.

Over 147,000 new pages including five new titles have been added this week. New titles available to search include the Alloa Journal, the Forfar Herald and the Dalkeith Advertiser, as well as the Clyde Bill of Entry and Shipping List. The latter title was published by the Custom House in Glasgow, and recorded the declarations of goods being imported and exported. In total, our brand new Scottish titles comprise of 63,182 new pages, and together cover the hundred years between 1859 and 1959.

Our fifth new addition this week is the Daily Citizen (Manchester). A short-lived publication, produced between 1912 and 1915, this paper was the official newspaper of the fledgling Labour party.

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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