Saturday, September 14, 2019

Added and Updated Record Collections at - Week of 8 to 14 September 2019

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

As of 14 September 2019, there were 2,580 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):

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

--- Collections Added   ---

Colorado, Jefferson County, Wheat Ridge, Crown Hill Cemetery Records, 1900-1950 (; Index only, no images, ADDED 14 Sep 2019

Minnesota Deaths, 1887-2001     (; 11,987 indexed records with 11,987 record images, ADDED 14 Sep 2019

Wisconsin Index to Naturalization Petitions, 1848-1990  (; 4,866 indexed records with 4,866 record images, ADDED 12 Sep 2019

Colombia, Bogotá, Burial Permits, 1960-1991     (; 116 indexed records with 116 record images, ADDED 9 Sep 2019

Alabama, Friends of Magnolia Cemetery, Funeral Books, 1911-1965 (; Index only, no images, ADDED 14 Sep 2019

--- Collections Updated ---

England and Wales Census, 1851  (; 18,369,674 indexed records with 1,174,633 record images (was 18,369,674 records with 1,174,633 images), Updated 12 Sep 2019

Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1888-2005     (; 1,192,774 indexed records with 903,067 record images (was 1,051,604 records with 903,067 images), Updated 11 Sep 2019

South Carolina, Charleston County, Charleston, Birth Registers, 1901-1926       (; 16,375 indexed records with 1,062 record images (was 15,856 records with 1,029 images), Updated 13 Sep 2019

Texas, Cooke County, Deeds, 1895-1924   (; 32,703 indexed records with 29,063 record images (was 32,703 records with 29,072 images), Updated 12 Sep 2019

Italy, Caserta, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1866   (; 627 indexed records with 627 record images (was 368 records with 368 images), Updated 14 Sep 2019

Maine, Kennebec County, Togus National Cemetery Records (; 4,442 indexed records with 4,441 record images (was 4,437 records with 4,436 images), Updated 11 Sep 2019

Peru, Cemetery Records, 1912-2013       (; 117,494 indexed records with 2,985 record images (was 114,487 records with 2,946 images), Updated 14 Sep 2019

South Africa, Natal, Passenger Lists, 1860-1911 (; Browse 4,912 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 6,677 images), Updated 10 Sep 2019

United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918   (; 30,165,145 indexed records with 24,999,338 record images (was 28,314,711 records with 24,999,338 images), Updated 9 Sep 2019

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012   (; 5,802,816 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 5,795,902 records with 5,100,470 images), Updated 9 Sep 2019

Michigan, County Births, 1867-1917      (; 1,171,444 indexed records with 93,629 record images (was 1,171,444 records with 93,629 images), Updated 12 Sep 2019

Alabama, County Birth Registers, 1881-1930      (; 104,700 indexed records with 17,157 record images (was 52,411 records with 9,983 images), Updated 14 Sep 2019

United States Deceased Physician File (AMA), 1864-1968  (; 483,185 indexed records with 707,724 record images (was 420,824 records with 707,724 images), Updated 14 Sep 2019

Denmark Census, 1855    (; 1,733,541 indexed records with 99,773 record images (was 1,733,541 records with 99,773 images), Updated 13 Sep 2019

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (; 34,153,315 indexed records with 46,885,712 record images (was 34,153,315 records with 46,885,712 images), Updated 12 Sep 2019

Manitoba Church Records, 1800-1959      (; 3,174 indexed records with 6,567 record images (was 0 records with 6,567 images), Updated 14 Sep 2019

Find A Grave Index      (; 180,099,516 indexed records with 180,099,516 record images (was 178,151,497 records with 178,151,497 images), Updated 11 Sep 2019

New York, Wills and Deeds, ca. 1700s-2017       (; 20 indexed records with 20 record images (was 20 records with 20 images), Updated 13 Sep 2019

Virginia, Slave Birth Index, 1853-1866  (; 143,106 indexed records with 2,419 record images (was 121,923 records with 2,063 images), Updated 14 Sep 2019

Delaware Vital Record Index Cards, 1680-1934    (; 4,024 indexed records with 134,797 record images (was 0 records with 134,797 images), Updated 13 Sep 2019

North Carolina, Wake County, Death Records, 1900-1909   (; 1,285 indexed records with 1,277 record images (was 1,245 records with 1,237 images), Updated 9 Sep 2019

Nova Scotia Marriages, 1864-1918        (; 175,740 indexed records with 21,950 record images (was 175,709 records with 21,950 images), Updated 11 Sep 2019

Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Cemetery Records, 1845 - 1960       (; 193,255 indexed records with 39,609 record images (was 193,049 records with 39,606 images), Updated 9 Sep 2019

Nova Scotia Deaths, 1864-1877   (; 8,881 indexed records with 27,717 record images (was 8,768 records with 27,717 images), Updated 13 Sep 2019

Louisiana, Orleans Parish, Birth Records, 1819-1906     (; 10,994 indexed records with 5,505 record images (was 5,805 records with 2,916 images), Updated 14 Sep 2019

Virginia, Lynchburg, Diuguid Funeral Home records, 1820-1971    (; 15,420 indexed records with 6,195 record images (was 15,420 records with 5,954 images), Updated 11 Sep 2019

Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,043,205 indexed records with 206,456 record images (was 903,219 records with 84,174 images), Updated 12 Sep 2019

Spain, Soldier Personal Service Files, 1835-1940        (; 22,343 indexed records with 413,569 record images (was 14,937 records with 413,569 images), Updated 11 Sep 2019

Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997    (; Browse 708,628 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 708,628 images), Updated 14 Sep 2019

--- Collections with new images ---

New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956  (; 4,749,222 indexed records with 84,805 record images (was 4,749,222 records with 84,796 images),  20 Aug 2019

Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927     (; 659,765 indexed records with 45,714 record images (was 659,765 records with 45,005 images),  7 Jun 2019

United States, Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1894-1954 (; 204,822 indexed records with 156,648 record images (was 204,822 records with 156,638 images),  28 Mar 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 3,095,940 images),  28 Mar 2018

Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965       (; 1,678,119 indexed records with 1,676,681 record images (was 1,678,119 records with 1,676,641 images),  16 Mar 2019

Georgia, World War I, Statement of Service Cards,  1920-1929    (; 106,582 indexed records with 106,271 record images (was 106,582 records with 106,176 images),  26 Mar 2019

Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971   (; 3,503,512 indexed records with 8,058,833 record images (was 3,503,512 records with 8,050,119 images),  14 Mar 2019

New Zealand, Cemetery Transcriptions, 1840-1981 (; 486,930 indexed records with 22,680 record images (was 486,930 records with 22,606 images),  25 Apr 2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

Oregon, Multnomah County, Voting Registration Records, 1908-1958        (; 988,549 indexed records with 980,956 record images (was 988,549 records with 982,465 images),  5 Jul 2019

Florida Deaths, 1877-1939       (; 471,799 indexed records with 471,266 record images (was 471,799 records with 471,267 images),  8 Aug 2019

England, Hampshire Parish Registers, 1538-1980  (; 1,856,675 indexed records with 134,436 record images (was 2,161,827 records with 140,288 images),  26 Aug 2019

France, Hautes-Alpes, Census, 1856      (; 145,696 indexed records with 2,131 record images (was 145,696 records with 3,090 images),  30 Mar 2018

South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950   (; 439,965 indexed records with 315,414 record images (was 439,965 records with 316,352 images),  3 May 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 ---

Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898  (; Index only (36,865,461 records), no images (was 36,870,759 records with 0 images),  15 Aug 2019

Germany Marriages, 1558-1929    (; Index only (8,384,696 records), no images (was 8,385,335 records with 0 images),  18 Sep 2015

Germany Deaths and Burials, 1582-1958   (; Index only (3,246,847 records), no images (was 3,248,052 records with 0 images),  18 Sep 2015

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,658 records), no images (was 875,610,662 records with 0 images),  17 Jun 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 -- Make a Timeline Report for an Ancestor

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) Have you created a Timeline for one of your ancestors using a genealogy software program (e.g., Family Tree Maker, RootsMagic, Legacy, Reunion, etc.) or an online family tree (e.g., Ancestry Member Tree, FamilySearch Family Tree, Geni, MyHeritage, etc.), or in a spreadsheet (e.g., Excel)?

2)  If not, try to create a timeline using the program/website of your choice.  If so, create another one for the ancestor of your choice!

3)  Show us your Timeline creation, and tell us how you did it.  Which program/website, the process you used, and how you captured the images to display your timeline.

4)  Share your Timeline creation on your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or on Facebook.

Here's mine:

I chose to use the RootsMagic 7 genealogy software program, which has both a Timeline View and a Timeline Report.

Here is the "Timeline View" format in RootsMagic 7 for my 3rd great-grandmother, Sophia (Buck) (Brigham) (Newton) Stone (1797-1882):

The "Timeline View" for a person has columns for "Age," "Facts," "Date," "Details," "place" and icons for Notes, Sources, and Media (the green check marks)   The "Timeline View" added the immediate family members (parents, siblings, spouses, children) to the list without my having to request it (you can select the options in the "Options" button on the "Timeline View" menu).  I really like this view, but, other than using a screen capture like above, I could not find a way to print out this list in color.  Also, it extends over several screens.

The second option to produce a Timeline is to use the Reports menu > "Lists" item > "Timeline (chronology)" item, and select "Individual Timeline list," select a person, from the "Select others to include in timeline," select the person, click on "Mark group" and select "Family of selected person," then check the "Include place for each event" and click on "Generate Report."

Here are the two pages for the Timeline (captured as images using the Windows Snipping Tool):

 I also requested "Sources" in an Endnote format:

The "Timeline (chronology)" report is very plain - but it is very useful.  I would like to see a little more information about the relationships - for instance, identify the family persons as son, daughter, wife, father, mother, brother, sister, etc.  I would also like to see this report formatted with some graphics and color so it would be more visual.


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Surname Saturday -- LNU (Elizabeth, married Thomas Foster, 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 #2381 who is Elizabeth LNU (1618-1695). [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)

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)

1190.  Joseph Foster (1650-1721)

1191.  Alice Gorton (1652-1712)

2380.  Thomas Foster, born About 1600 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England; died 20 April 1682 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 4760. Thomas Foster and 4761. Abigail Wimes.  He married 1638 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.
2381.  Elizabeth LNU, born about 1618 in England; died 29 January 1694/5 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Thomas Foster and Elizabeth LNU are:
*  Thomas Foster (1640-1679), married 1662 Sarah Parker (1640-1718).
*  John Foster (1642-1732), married (1) 1661 Mary Chillingsworth (1642-1702),; (2) 1702 Saqrah Thomas (1646-1731).
*  Increase Foster (1644-????).
* Experience Foster (1644-????), married 1663 Joseph French (1640-????).
*  Elizabeth Foster (1646-1726), married 1667 James Frost (1640-1711).
*  Hopestill Foster (1648-1679), married 1670 Elizabeth Pierce (1636-????).
Joseph Foster (1650-1721), married (1) 1672 Alice Gorton (1652-1712); (2) 1714 Margaret Brown (1654-1717); (3) after 1717 Rebecca Parker (1661-1754).

Some sources indicate that Elizabeth LNU's maiden name was Whitmore, but I have found no records that provide this name.

Information about the Foster family was obtained from:
*  Frederick Clifton Pierce, Foster Genealogy (Chicago : W.B. Conkey Company, 1899).

*  Rev. Lucius R. Paige, "Family of Thomas Foster," New England Historic and Genealogical Register, Volume 26, number 4 (October 1872), page 394.

I have done no original research on this Foster line.


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Friday, September 13, 2019

Genealogy News Bytes - 13 September 2019

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

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

3)  Genealogy Education - Webinars:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 17 September, 5 p.m.:  Civil Law Concepts and Genealogy, by Claire Bettag.

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 18 September, 11 a.m.: Research Latin America Genealogical Resources on the Internet, by Daniel Horowitz

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  TRIBAL QUEST: The Latest Expedition, by Golan Levi

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Advanced DNA Techniques: Using Phasing to Test DNA Segments, by Blaine Bettinger

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  How the Industrial Revolution Changed the World, by Kirsty Gray

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips:  #105 - Wiki Family Trees

*  Genealogy Gems:  Episode 233

5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  Cheri Hudson Passey:  GenFriends: Ric Murphy~The 1619 Project

6)  Genealogy Bargains:

7)  DNA Stories

8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 10 September 2019?


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 13 September 2019

I received this information from Findmypast today:


New records available to search this Findmypast Friday


Here's what's new to the site this Findmypast Friday.

Berkshire Marriages Index

Over 63,000 additional records have been added to 16 parishes across the county. The new additions consist of transcripts provided by the Berkshire Family History Society that may reveal your relative’s age, marital status, residence, occupation, father’s name and spouse’s details. Some records may also include the names of witnesses and additional notes.

Berkshire marriages cover more than 156 parishes in Berkshire between 1538 and 1933.  The transcripts were created by both Findmypast and the Berkshire Family History Society using original marriage registers and bishop’s transcripts held by the Berkshire Archives. A third set of records originates from the Phillimore Marriage Registers. The collection will provide images from the Phillimore registers.

Derbyshire Deaths and Burials

Over 23,000 Derbyshire Family History Society transcripts have been added for 12 cemeteries around the county. As well as revealing the final resting place of your ancestor, these records may also reveal their age at death, birth year, death year, burial date and if they died paupers. Some records may also list next of kin, allowing you to add new names to your growing family tree.

10 brand new parishes have been added to the collection:
  • Breaston
  • Chellaston
  • Derby
  • Draycott
  • Duffield
  • Findern
  • Marston on Dove
  • Mickleover
  • Spondon
  • Temple Normanton
Plus, records have also been added to two existing parishes, Wilne and St Chad and Sudbury, All Saints.

Irish Boundary Commission Records 1924-1925

The Irish Boundary Commission was set up to determine the boundary between the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland. Findmypast has digitized this collection of more than 47,000 records from The National Archives which include the Commission’s minutes, papers, correspondence and report of the Irish Boundary Commission, and records of oral and written evidence submitted to it.

British In Ceylon Parish Records

From 1815 until 1948, Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, was a British colony. The 4,500 records in this collection span that period and have been collected and transcribed by the Kabristan Archives. They include the names of those who were serving in Ceylon and were married, died, or had children there. Over 1,000 names of those who served in Ceylon during the First World War are also included.

International records update - Russia

Does your family tree have Russian roots? Search for your Russian ancestors in more than 325,000 baptisms, marriages and burials. These three indexes will provide you with essential names, dates and locations for expanding your Russian family tree.

British & Irish newspaper update

This week we have added 110,926 new pages to our collection. This includes two newspapers that cover the historic county of Dumfriesshire. Both weekly publications, the Eskdale and Liddesdale Advertiser was published in Langholm and the newspaper continues to this day, and the Galloway News and Kirkcudbrightshire Advertiser was published in Dalbeattie.

Rounding off our trio of new Scottish titles this week is the Montrose Standard, another weekly title that was published in Angus. Founded in 1837, we have an extensive run of editions for this particular publication, numbering nearly 50,000 pages and so far spanning the years 1844 to 1957, representing over a century’s worth of local news coverage.


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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