Saturday, June 6, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Pauleen's Crazy Month of May Pandemic Meme, Part I

It's Saturday Night - 

time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music here) is to:

1)  Check out Pauleen Cass's blog post, Crazy Month of May 2020 Meme: Pandemic Experiences.  

2)  Let's do the first 10 of the prompts and save the last 11 for next week.

3)  Tell us about your own pandemic experience in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a post on Facebook.  Be sure to leave a link to your work as a Comment to this post and also on Pauleen's post.

4)  Thank you, Pauleen!!

Here's mine:

1)  What are you most grateful for during this Covid-19 crisis?

That Linda and I, and our daughters' families, have not been affected by this, other than the isolation and sheltering in place.  We are both older and have pre-existing conditions and really cannot afford to get it.  If I went in the hospital, we would need a caregiver for Linda.

2)  What have you missed most during the full or partial lock-down?

Seeing friends and neighbors, going to church on Sunday, going to the library each week, the NCAA basketball tournament (my SDSU Aztecs were #6 in the nation), and baseball - on TV and at Petco Park.  Linda misses going to the Y to swim each morning, but I don't miss the 40 minutes it takes to take and retrieve her.

We missed celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary on March 21.  Lori and Tami had it all planned out, the invitations were out, and I have boxes of decorations in the garage.  We had a party at the church with 100 attendees planned, and had to call it off.  Maybe a 51st anniversary for next year.

3)  Has your hobby sustained you during this time?

Definitely.  I've been able to work on genealogy research, writing and Zooming almost every day for 8 to 11 hours.  I go from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. with breaks for nap, shopping, lunch, dinner, chores, and walking.  I'm still not done with my family tree!!  I keep finding people with my surnames all over the world and have been adding the as time permits.  I watch videos and webinars.  I host three Zoom meetings for CVGS each month, attend 2 or 3 SDGS meetings on Zoom, participate every Monday in Mondays With Myrt and daily in Mini-Myrt on Zoom.  This is one way to connect with my friends and colleagues!

4)  What changes have you seen in your life over May 2020?

I've gained at least 10 pounds, which is not good.  I don't walk nearly as much as before.  I'm doing all the shopping and a lot of the cooking.  I'm not sleeping well.

We have been attending virtual church on YouTube each Sunday - the pastor sends the prayer, the sermon script, and a link to the YouTube video of the partial choir, the scripture lesson, the sermon, and prayers via email each Sunday morning.

5)  Have you been exercising more or less?

More brain exercise, less physical exercise!  I have been pushing Linda in the wheelchair up and down the block several times a week, and that can be a challenge, especially coming up our sloped driveway.  It's only 20 feet long, but I'm puffing and huffing afterward.

6)  Has the refrigerator been your friend or foe?

Yes.  It is well-stocked, but we keep having to fill it up.  We weren't eating out a lot before the isolation, but we've been to In 'n' Out drive-through once so far in three months, and had takeout delivered on Mother's Day from Lolita's. 

7)  Have you been participating in virtual gatherings with friends or family?

We had a virtual birthday party for granddaughter Audrey on 28 April, and watched grandson Logan's middle school advancement video on 1 June.  We FaceTime with Tami once every two weeks or so and talk to her kids then.

Tami came down by herself on our 50th wedding anniversary, 21 March 2020, to bring us gloves and masks, and make us dinner (steak, baked potato, asparagus, pie), but left after dinner.  

Tami brought her family down from Huntington Beach (100 miles north) on Mother's Day (May 17) and surprised us at noon time with lunch from Lolita's, and gifts for Linda.  It was so good to see all of them and we even got hugs from them.  We took a family photo on the lawn.

Lori calls several times a week to check in on us and vice versa.  She will come down for Father's Day by herself.

8)  Have you taken up new hobbies during the lockdowns?

No new hobbies.  I don't have time for another one.

9)  Are you cooking or gardening more?

I have been cooking dinner more often the last six months as Linda's mobility has decreased and it is difficult for her to stand unsupported form ore than a minute or two.  She often sets up the meal (get water boiling, get plates out, meat out of the package, etc.) and lets me do the rest. 

I have watered the rose bushes more often than usual, and see the results - lots of blooms right now.  They have grown wild and I try to cut some branches back every week. The weeds grow too and are removed occasionally.  The back yard was mowed in February before the rains in March, so the weeds there need mowing again.  

10)  Have you shopped more or less? Online or offline?

I have shopped online at Amazon for things like her Sudoku book and handheld Yahtzee game, plus new shoes and a book or two for me.

Before the pandemic, we went to the grocery stores in the mornings after Linda's swimming 2-3 times a week.  She has stayed home and inside almost this whole three months.  I have been going twice a week to the grocery store with a list she makes and we are still eating well!  We haven't been to Costco, Wal-Mart or 99 Cent Store since early March because of the lines.  

Questions 11 to 21 next week!!


Copyright (c) 2020, Randall J. Seaver

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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 31 May to 6 June 2020

The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from 31 May to 6 June 2020:  

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1951; indexed records with record images, Updated 6/1/2020

Iowa, Death Records, 1920-1967; indexed records with record images, Updated 6/1/2020


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,793 collections available as of 6 June, an increase of  3 from last week.  It looks like Ancestry found three missing collections last week or added three they haven't put online yet.


Disclosure:  I have a complimentary all-access subscription from, for which I am thankful. has provided material considerations for travel expenses to meetings, and has hosted events and meals that I have attended in Salt Lake City, in past years.

Copyright (c) 2020, Randall J. Seaver

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Added and Updated Record Collections at - Week of 30 May to 5 June 2020

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

As of 5 June 2020, there are 2,798 historical record collections on FamilySearch (a decrease of 39 from last week):

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

--- Collections Deleted ---

American Samoa, Passports, 1919-1924 (; Index only, no images
Arkansas, Sevier County, Record of Voters, 1868-1966 (; Index only, no images
Ireland, Thom's Irish Almanac & Official Directory 1884 (; Index only, no images
Ireland, Medical Directory for Ireland, 1858 (; Index only, no images
Montana, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945 (; Index only, no images

Kansas, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945 (; Index only, no images
Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965 (; Index only, no images
France, Haute-Vienne, Census, 1836 (; Index only, no images
Ireland, The Weekly Irish Times, Sinn Fein Rebellion Handbook, Easter 1916, 1916-1917 (; Index only, no images
Ireland, W.P.W. Phillimore & Gertrude Thrift, Indexes to Irish Wills 1536-1858, 5 vols (; Index only, no images

South Carolina, Charleston, Free Negro Capitation Books, 1811-1860 (; Index only, no images
American Samoa, Delayed Birth Registrations, 1962-1972 (; Index only, no images
Ireland, the Register of Derry Cathedral, 1642-1703 (; Index only, no images
California, Sonoma County, Sebastopol, Evergreen Lawn Cemetery Burial Records, 1800-2010 (; Index only, no images
France, Var, Civil Registration, 1793-1914 (; Index only, no images

Ireland, Thom's Official Directory of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, 1894, Irish Section (; Index only, no images
Ireland, John Watson Stewart, The Gentlemen’s and Citizen’s Almanac, 1814 (; Index only, no images
Ireland, Ashe's Limerick and Clare Directory, 1891-1892 (; Index only, no images
Ireland, Pettigrew and Oulton, The Dublin Almanac and General Register of Ireland, 1835 (; Index only, no images
Australia, Convict Tickets of Leave, 1824-1874 (; Index only, no images

Ireland, James Alexander Henderson, The Belfast and Province of Ulster Directory for 1856 (; Index only, no images
Ireland, Dublin, The Post Office Annual Directory and Calendar, 1843 (; Index only, no images
Ireland, Memorial Record: World War I, 1914-1918 (; Index only, no images
Ireland, Registers of Queen's Colleges, 1849-1858 (; Index only, no images
France, Gironde, Civil Registration, 1696-1912 (; Index only, no images

Oregon Death Index, 1971-2008 (; Index only, no images
Oregon Divorce Index, 1991-2008 (; Index only, no images
Ireland, Thom's Irish Almanac, 1880 (; Index only, no images
Oregon, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945 (; Index only, no images
Ireland, Thom's Irish Who's Who, 1923 (; Index only, no images

Ireland, Treble Almanac & Dublin Directory 1783 (; Index only, no images
Germany, Bavaria, Diocese of Augsburg, Catholic Church Records, 1615-1939 (; Index only, no images
United Kingdom, Waterloo Roll Call 1815 (; Index only, no images
Ireland, Thom's Official Directory, 1910 (; Index only, no images
Ireland and Britain, Transatlantic Migration from North America, 1858-1870 (; Index only, no images

Ireland, Treble Almanac, 1822 (; Index only, no images
England and Wales National Register, 1939 (; Index only, no images
United Kingdom, Quakers Annual Monitor, 1849 (; Index only, no images
England, Index to Register of Passport Applications, 1851-1903 (; Index only, no images
Ireland, Parliamentary Papers on Emigration to Canada, 1826 (; Index only, no images

Ireland, The Treble Almanac 1812 (FMP) - 3rd Party Index (; Index only, no images
Ireland, Estate Commissioners Offices, Applications from Evicted Tenants, 1907 (; Index only, no images
Ireland, Thom's Irish Almanac & Official Directory 1868 (; Index only, no images
Ireland, Dublin, The Post Office Annual Directory and Calendar, 1858 (; Index only, no images
Ireland, T. George H. Green, Index to the Marriage License Bonds of the Diocese of Cloyne, 1630-1800; 1899-1900 (; Index only, no images

--- Collections Added ---

Connecticut Naturalization Records, 1795-1942 (; 63,526 indexed records with 63,526 record images, ADDED 04-Jun-2020
Oregon Marriage Index, 1849-1884; 1991-2006 (; 2,978 indexed records with 2,978 record images, ADDED 01-Jun-2020
Wales, Monmouthshire (Gwent), Electoral Registers 1839-1889 (; 455,348 indexed records with 455,348 record images, ADDED 03-Jun-2020
Arizona, Pima County, Voting Records, 1876-1926 (; 101,803 indexed records with 101,803 record images, ADDED 01-Jun-2020
Arizona, Maricopa County, Voting Records, 1876-1932 (; 403,905 indexed records with 403,905 record images, ADDED 01-Jun-2020
Micronesia, Civil Registration, 1883-1983 (; 402 indexed records with 402 record images, ADDED 05-Jun-2020

--- Collections Updated ---

Brazil, Bahia, Civil Registration, 1877-1976 (; 50,389 indexed records with 45,749 record images (was 35,426 records with 30,844 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Mississippi, County Marriages, 1858-1979 (; 557,861 indexed records with 143,250 record images (was 520,900 records with 132,781 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 57,913 indexed records with 25,280 record images (was 55,067 records with 24,057 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, County Marriage Registers, 1853-1935 (; 64,159 indexed records with 2,124 record images (was 57,959 records with 1,936 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records, 1913-1922 (; 329,989 indexed records with 328,307 record images (was 298,280 records with 296,636 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016

England, Yorkshire Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1613-1887 (; 320,167 indexed records with 313,842 record images (was 302,838 records with 296,633 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Georgia, Chatham, Savannah, Laurel Grove Cemetery Record Keeper's Book (colored), 1852-1942 (; 58,882 indexed records with 1,113 record images (was 58,714 records with 1,111 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011 (; 25,007,203 indexed records with 2,929,228 record images (was 23,159,416 records with 2,607,940 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949 (; Index only (6,192,370 records), no images (was 6,192,370 records with 0 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
American Samoa, Vital Records, 1850-1930 (; 23,913 indexed records with 70,869 record images (was 23,192 records with 69,580 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 (; 30,047,345 indexed records with 46,885,453 record images (was 30,047,348 records with 46,885,453 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Nebraska, Lancaster County, Wyuka Cemetery Burial Permits, 1883-1999 (; 49,171 indexed records with 49,079 record images (was 49,002 records with 48,910 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Canada, New Brunswick, County Register of Births, 1801-1920 (; 30,336 indexed records with 1,016 record images (was 24,172 records with 686 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
England, Hampshire Parish Registers, 1538-1980 (; 1,856,794 indexed records with 140,183 record images (was 1,856,794 records with 137,654 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
North Carolina, Wilmington, Cemetery Records, 1852-2005 (; 26,564 indexed records with 1,127 record images (was 26,558 records with 1,123 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016

California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records, 1899-2011 (; 86,728 indexed records with 32,338 record images (was 85,322 records with 32,338 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965 (; 232 indexed records with 19 record images (was 124 records with 8 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Minnesota Deaths, 1887-2001 (; 971,742 indexed records with 970,776 record images (was 522,762 records with 522,535 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996 (; 597,939 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 597,939 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950 (; 1,251,486 indexed records with 6,635,049 record images (was 1,251,486 records with 6,635,049 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016

Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 3,457,186 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 3,457,186 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
California, Los Angeles, Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, Deceased Card File Index, 1877-1989 (; 89,425 indexed records with 89,256 record images (was 89,420 records with 89,251 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Pennsylvania Cemetery Records, ca. 1700-ca. 1950 (; 59,432 indexed records with 7,287 record images (was 38,577 records with 3,218 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1880 (; 48,254 indexed records with 48,947 record images (was 22,663 records with 48,947 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Hawaii, Hawaiian Islands Newspaper Obituaries, 1900-ca.2010 (; 26,768 indexed records with 2,399 record images (was 17,445 records with 1,547 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016

Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1888-1998 (; 728,153 indexed records with 708,628 record images (was 708,528 records with 708,628 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1913 (; 451,186 indexed records with 3,208,709 record images (was 447,112 records with 3,208,714 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
New Hampshire, County Naturalization Records, 1771-2001 (; 168,529 indexed records with 173,600 record images (was 16,496 records with 173,600 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
England and Wales Census, 1861 (; 19,591,543 indexed records with 1,033,317 record images (was 19,591,543 records with 1,033,317 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Census Lists, 1770-1934 (; 136,710 indexed records with 7,116 record images (was 136,710 records with 6,993 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016

Iowa, Buchanan County Obituaries and Cemetery Records, ca.1796-1988 (; 217,520 indexed records with 42,756 record images (was 210,409 records with 41,519 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Georgia, Columbus, Linwood and Porterdale Colored Cemeteries, Interment Records, 1866-2000 (; 46,905 indexed records with 2,131 record images (was 46,843 records with 2,127 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Census, 1984 (; 61,173 indexed records with 11,319 record images (was 61,173 records with 11,319 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
District of Columbia Deaths, 1874-1961 (; 461,923 indexed records with 359,962 record images (was 461,851 records with 359,962 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,597 records), no images (was 875,610,611 records with 0 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016

Idaho, Nez Perce County, Brower Wann Funeral Home Records, 1925-1986 (; 7,819 indexed records with 7,791 record images (was 5,469 records with 5,449 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001 (; 4,983,763 indexed records with 4,581,756 record images (was 4,982,863 records with 4,581,756 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Nova Scotia Deaths, 1864-1877 (; 27,320 indexed records with 27,717 record images (was 17,912 records with 27,717 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Ohio, Toledo, Historic Woodlawn Cemetery Index of Burials, 1877-1955 (; 68,753 indexed records with 23,775 record images (was 68,182 records with 23,620 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Arizona Deaths, 1870-1951 (; 278,746 indexed records with 264,534 record images (was 278,604 records with 264,534 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 138,026 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 135,092 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
New York, Lackawanna, Holy Cross Cemetery Records, 1855-1965 (; 199,270 indexed records with 20,588 record images (was 193,478 records with 20,190 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 35,383 indexed records with 4,538 record images (was 35,374 records with 4,537 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
South Africa, Civil Marriage Records, 1840-1973 (; 425,059 indexed records with 357,082 record images (was 395,846 records with 334,948 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 117,248 indexed records with 7,800 record images (was 73,905 records with 3,886 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016

Argentina, Mendoza, Catholic Church Records, 1665-1975 (; 390,011 indexed records with 144,042 record images (was 390,011 records with 144,042 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Peru, Piura, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 (; 24,040 indexed records with 23,973 record images (was 16,546 records with 16,502 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Holy Cross Cemetery, Interment Records, 1909-1979 (; 146,156 indexed records with 3,571 record images (was 145,183 records with 3,549 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Mississippi, Death Certificate Index, 1912-1943 (; 688,032 indexed records with 6,614 record images (was 686,761 records with 6,604 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Idaho, Jefferson Star, County Cemetery Records, 1800-2000 (; 128,076 indexed records with 90,607 record images (was 127,986 records with 90,600 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016

Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915 (; 1,699,153 indexed records with 108,296 record images (was 1,699,153 records with 108,296 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 107,949 indexed records with 105,785 record images (was 105,421 records with 103,272 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974 (; 1,875,674 indexed records with 1,852,486 record images (was 1,875,674 records with 1,609,809 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994 (; 5,896,889 indexed records with 2,841,076 record images (was 5,873,817 records with 2,841,076 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Norway, Oslo, Census, 1832-1954 (; 21,353 indexed records with 989 record images (was 21,353 records with 989 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016

California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 23,410 indexed records with 1,174 record images (was 20,993 records with 697 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Ohio Tax Records, 1800-1850 (; 5,717,581 indexed records with 45,984 record images (was 5,699,626 records with 45,984 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Peru, Ayacucho, Civil Registration, 1903-1999 (; 303,538 indexed records with 299,614 record images (was 293,300 records with 289,405 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Minnesota, Waseca County Historical Society, Burial Cards, ca.1860-1992 (; 10,344 indexed records with 10,274 record images (was 9,991 records with 9,922 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Michigan, Saginaw County, Biographical Card File, ca. 1830-2000 (; 1,932 indexed records with 13,054 record images (was 1,901 records with 12,987 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016

Maryland, Baltimore, Locks Funeral Home Records, 1936-2007 (; 4,735 indexed records with 5,863 record images (was 4,727 records with 5,863 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (; 3,365 indexed records with 322 record images (was 1,855 records with 127 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912 (; 317,073 indexed records with 372,768 record images (was 311,270 records with 372,768 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1710-1928 (; 173,812 indexed records with 21,436 record images (was 154,304 records with 18,229 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Deaths, 1863-1955 (; 96,980 indexed records with 58,662 record images (was 93,115 records with 54,798 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016

Delaware, County Naturalization Records, 1796-1958 (; 10,103 indexed records with 9,209 record images (was 10,101 records with 9,209 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Utah, Brigham City Family History Center, Obituary Collection, 1930-2015 (; 136,618 indexed records with 9,895 record images (was 123,034 records with 8,815 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 413,860 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 411,110 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records, 1859-1911 (; 20,884 indexed records with 178,927 record images (was 20,879 records with 178,927 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Kentucky, Livingston County, Colored School Censuses, 1898-1913 (; 115,029 indexed records with 1,690 record images (was 115,013 records with 1,690 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016

South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966 (; 58,224 indexed records with 58,040 record images (was 52,795 records with 52,615 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996 (; 63,477 indexed records with 35,418 record images (was 62,978 records with 35,312 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
International Genealogical Index (IGI) (; Index only (892,761,439 records), no images (was 892,761,439 records with 0 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Pennsylvania Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880 (; 166,106 indexed records with 8,565 record images (was 165,937 records with 8,560 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 196,279 indexed records with 8,486 record images (was 195,727 records with 8,468 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016

Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration, 1798-1906 (; 81,941 indexed records with 842,559 record images (was 72,010 records with 842,559 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600-1913 (; 341,656 indexed records with 3,858,982 record images (was 334,269 records with 3,858,982 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-2001 (; 1,498,417 indexed records with 25,517 record images (was 1,498,417 records with 25,517 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Louisiana, Orleans Parish Death Records and Certificates, 1835-1954 (; 518,082 indexed records with 233,349 record images (was 477,109 records with 214,222 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Chile, Civil Registration, 1885-1932 (; 4,566,628 indexed records with 1,623,199 record images (was 4,547,838 records with 1,623,199 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016

Montana, Flathead County Records, 1871-2007 (; 73,188 indexed records with 151,157 record images (was 73,187 records with 151,157 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018 (; 73,465 indexed records with 32,283 record images (was 67,157 records with 29,111 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
England, Cambridge Parish Registers, 1538-1983 (; 470,491 indexed records with 33,092 record images (was 470,491 records with 32,974 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Russia, Samara Church Books 1748-1934 (; 2,474,176 indexed records with 1,909,956 record images (was 2,471,084 records with 1,909,956 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Minnesota, Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Layman Cemetery Burial Records, 1860-1926 (; 23,445 indexed records with 23,425 record images (was 23,435 records with 23,415 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016
Niue, Vital Records, 1818-1994 (; 24,548 indexed records with 18,071 record images (was 23,457 records with 17,521 images), UPDATED 04-May-2016

--- 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 84,675 images), last updated 04-May-2016
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 (; 968,713 indexed records with 64,828 record images (was 968,713 records with 64,827 images), last updated 04-May-2016
Spain, Aragón, Electoral Censuses, 1890-1934 (; 4,972,408 indexed records with 43,835 record images (was 4,972,408 records with 42,862 images), last updated 04-May-2016
Texas, El Paso, Applications for Non-Resident Aliens Border Crossing Identification Cards, 1945-1952 (; 141,806 indexed records with 140,613 record images (was 141,806 records with 140,579 images), last updated 04-May-2016
Australia, Victoria, Inward Passenger Lists, 1839-1923 (; 883,350 indexed records with 5,575 record images (was 883,350 records with 54 images), last updated 04-May-2016

France, Morbihan, Parish and Civil Registration, 1536-1894 (; 1,975,120 indexed records with 323,821 record images (was 1,975,120 records with 322,655 images), last updated 04-May-2016
Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965 (; 1,681,910 indexed records with 1,679,471 record images (was 1,681,910 records with 1,679,457 images), last updated 04-May-2016
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,204,644 indexed records with 1,967,791 record images (was 7,204,644 records with 1,967,779 images), last updated 04-May-2016
United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (; 6,031,182 indexed records with 327,172 record images (was 6,031,182 records with 314,088 images), last updated 04-May-2016
United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940 (; 6,931,032 indexed records with 5,610,978 record images (was 6,931,032 records with 5,607,117 images), last updated 04-May-2016

--- Collections with images removed ---
North Dakota, Red River Valley Genealogical Society, Pioneer Files, 1880-1953 (; 5,531 indexed records with 583 record images (was 5,531 records with 920 images), last updated 04-May-2016
United States, New York, Index to Passengers Arriving at New York City, compiled 1944-1948 (; 1,129,668 indexed records with 1,109,785 record images (was 1,129,668 records with 1,109,790 images), last updated 04-May-2016
Massachusetts, City of Boston Voter Registers, 1857-1920 (; 84,649 indexed records with 3,954 record images (was 84,649 records with 7,341 images), last updated 04-May-2016
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 (; 2,043,205 indexed records with 197,601 record images (was 2,043,205 records with 201,591 images), last updated 04-May-2016
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950 (; 441,537 indexed records with 316,553 record images (was 441,537 records with 316,609 images), last updated 04-May-2016

Idaho, Bonneville County, Idaho Falls, Rose Hill Cemetery Records, 1800-2007 (; 14,513 indexed records with 98 record images (was 14,513 records with 14,152 images), last updated 04-May-2016
New Zealand, Cemetery Transcriptions, 1840-1981 (; 486,930 indexed records with 22,165 record images (was 486,930 records with 22,680 images), last updated 04-May-2016

--- Collections with records removed ---
Pennsylvania Deaths and Burials, 1720-1999 (; 1,125,809 indexed records with 41,025 record images (was 1,127,892 records with 41,025 images), last updated 04-May-2016
Texas Divorce Index, 1968-2010 (; Index only (3,599,262 records), no images (was 3,599,263 records with 0 images), last updated 04-May-2016
Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950 (; Index only (2,538,358 records), no images (was 2,554,389 records with 0 images), last updated 04-May-2016


My friend, Marshall, has come up with a program to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED.  Thanks to Marshall for helping us out here!

There were 45 collections deleted and 6 added, so a net loss of 39.  Were the contracts not renewed for those 45 removed collections? 

Note that all of the Updated, Added To and Removed collections have a "last updated" date of 4 May 2016.  That is probably not right.  Marshall determined that the date is in the FamilySearch provided list and not in his program.

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.

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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Friday, June 5, 2020

Genealogy News Bytes - Friday, 5 June 2020

Welcome to Genealogy News Bytes, posted on Tuesday afternoon and Friday afternoon, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history news and education items that came across our desktop over the past three days.

1)  News Articles:

A note from Ancestry’s CEO

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

* New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 5 June 2020

New Historical Medical Professionals Added to the Occupational Records on TheGenealogist Covering Doctors, Midwives, Opticians and Medics in British India

3)  Genealogy Education - Webinars (times are US Pacific):

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  View RootsTech 2020 Videos for FREE!

*  FREE! Family History Library Online Classes June 2020
*  MyHeritage Online Events in May–June

*  June 2020 Virtual Genealogy and Local History Calendar

*  More FREE Genealogy Webinars for June 2020

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 9 June, 11 a.m.:  The FamilySearch/MyHeritage partnership and its tools for members of the LDS church, by James Tanner

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 10 June, 5 p.m.:  Using DNA to Answer Real Research Questions: Three Case Studies, by Gail Blankenau

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Sources for Landed and Titled People, by Paul Milner

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  "What are the Odds?" An online tool that can help solve DNA puzzles, by Jonny Perl

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Tech Zone: Creating a Video with Adobe Spark, by Cheri Hudson Passey

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  The Photo Detective:  Episode 85: Pinup Photos and Modern Women

5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  American Ancestors:  Return to the Catskills

*  Family History Ron:  Q&A with Family History Ron

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  How to Inspire Your Family to Help You Pass Down Your Genealogy

*  Your DNA Guide:  XDNA testing

6)  Genealogy Bargains:


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