Saturday, June 13, 2020

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

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.  We did the first 10 prompts last week.

2)  Let's do the last 11 of the prompts this 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:

11)  What have you found to be the strangest change to your life?

I think the strangest change is the almost total lack of personal interaction with anybody but my wife.  We rarely see the neighbors.  We aren't going to church.  Everyone wears a mask which limits concersation, and you can't see facial expressions.  

12)  Have you found the changes and experience stressful/anxious/worrying?

The isolation and lack of interaction has not been stressful, anxious or worrying.  What is worrisome is that the protests and violence and anti-tradition voices have drowned out rational voices.

13)  How have the closures affected your local community?

The closures have shut down many businesses, and reduced employment, in our community.  Some will probably not reopen.  Prices will be higher.  

14) Have in-person meetings been replaced with virtual meetings via Zoom, Skype etc?

Yes. I was using Zoom several times a week before the shutdown, and started doing Zoom meetings with my Chula Vista society colleagues 4 times a month, and with my San Diego society colleagues 4 times a month, and with DearMYRTLE almost every day with her Mini-Myrt sessions.  At least you can see their faces and hear their voices.  I had a phone meeting with my doctor, and several meetings with my financial advisors.  I talk to my daughters on the phone several times a week too.  We watch the church services on YouTube on Sundays.

15)  Do you enjoy the virtual meeting format?

I do enjoy the format.  With the virtual meetings, I don't feel as isolated in the genealogy world.

16)  Are you working from home instead of in your usual place of work?

Having been retired for 18 years, I work from home on my genealogy and whatever else interests me.  I'm in my usual place of work.  I am doing more hours than I was before because we have limited our shopping days and travel around town.  Also, there have not been Padres baseball games to watch on TV or in person.

17)  Have your habits changed over the past months?

Except for trying to sleep in until after 7 a.m., not really.  I am not taking Linda to the pool at 7 a.m., so that lets me sleep in a bit.  We are eating the same food.  We watch the same TV programs, and go to bed about the same time.  We used to go out to dinner every two or three weeks, but have been to In 'n' Out drive through two times in 3 months, and Tami brought takeout Mexican food to us once.

18)  Have you had to cancel travel plans for pleasure or family?

Oh yes!  We had to cancel our 50th wedding anniversary on March 21.  We were going to stay at a ritzy hotel the weekend before our anniversary.  We haven't gone to our daughters' homes to visit.  We 

19)  Do you think you’ll be able to travel in 2020?

Maybe at Thanksgiving and Christmas time to visit the daughters' homes.  We are still sheltering in place because we are susceptible to the virus.

20)  Have you/others been wearing masks when out and about in your area?

Only when we go out in public - to the grocery store or the doctor's office.  Almost everybody wears masks at the grocery store and everybody wore masks at the health center.

21)  Will you change your lifestyle after this experience?

To some extent.  We won't go out to eat very often, other than drive through.


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 7 to 13 June 2020

The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from 7 to 13 June 2020:  

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

UK, Officer Service Records, 1764-1932; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/10/2020

UK, WWI Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/9/2020

Washington, Episcopal Diocese of Spokane Church Records, 1870-1970; indexed records with record images, Updated 6/8/2020


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,794 collections available as of 13 June, an increase of  1 from last week.  It looks like Ancestry found one more missing collection last week or added one 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.

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Added and Updated Record Collections at - Week of 6 to 12 June 2020

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

As of 12 June 2020, there are 2,804 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 6 from last week):

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

--- Collections Added ---

*  Connecticut, Births and Baptisms, 1639-1941 (; 188,230 indexed records with 188,230 record images, ADDED 11-Jun-2020
*  Minnesota, Olmsted County, Oakwood Cemetery Records, 1863-1998 (; 28,346 indexed records with 28,346 record images, ADDED 11-Jun-2020
*  Connecticut, Charles R. Hale Collection, Vital Records, 1640-1955 (; 99,509 indexed records with 99,509 record images, ADDED 11-Jun-2020
*  United States, Compiled Military Service Records Of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served With The U.S. Colored Troops, 1861-1866 (; 567,405 indexed records with 567,405 record images, ADDED 08-Jun-2020
*  Connecticut, Deaths, 1640-1955 (; 1,384,233 indexed records with 1,384,233 record images, ADDED 11-Jun-2020
*  Iowa, Lyon County, Cemetery Records, ca.1800- ca.2000 (; 11,667 indexed records with 11,667 record images, ADDED 11-Jun-2020
*  Arizona, Birth Certificates, 1909-1917 (; 24,722 indexed records with 24,722 record images, ADDED 08-Jun-2020

--- Collections Updated ---

Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1888-2005 (; 1,353,828 indexed records with 903,067 record images (was 1,332,893 records with 903,067 images), UPDATED 08-Jun-2020
Brazil, Bahia, Civil Registration, 1877-1976 (; 87,642 indexed records with 83,125 record images (was 50,389 records with 45,749 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
Mississippi, County Marriages, 1858-1979 (; 640,796 indexed records with 162,652 record images (was 557,861 records with 143,250 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1913 (; 495,713 indexed records with 3,208,709 record images (was 451,186 records with 3,208,709 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2020
New York, Lackawanna, Holy Cross Cemetery Records, 1855-1965 (; 201,790 indexed records with 20,741 record images (was 199,270 records with 20,588 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020

Arizona Births and Christenings, 1909-1917 (; Index only (26,012 records), no images (was 26,012 records with 0 images), UPDATED 08-Jun-2020
Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934 (; Index only (1,744,644 records), no images (was 1,744,644 records with 0 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020
Connecticut Marriages, 1630-1997 (; Index only (300,374 records), no images (was 300,374 records with 0 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020
Pennsylvania Cemetery Records, ca. 1700-ca. 1950 (; 110,770 indexed records with 11,927 record images (was 59,432 records with 7,287 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, County Marriage Registers, 1853-1935 (; 73,577 indexed records with 2,399 record images (was 64,159 records with 2,124 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020

New York State Census, 1892 (; 3,766,108 indexed records with 29,137 record images (was 3,766,108 records with 29,137 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020
England, Yorkshire Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1613-1887 (; 321,043 indexed records with 314,718 record images (was 320,167 records with 313,842 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
Georgia, Chatham, Savannah, Laurel Grove Cemetery Record Keeper's Book (colored), 1852-1942 (; 58,965 indexed records with 1,114 record images (was 58,882 records with 1,113 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020
Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981 (; 2,092,543 indexed records with 978,396 record images (was 2,030,606 records with 978,396 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2020
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 05-Jun-2020

England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 182,324 indexed records with 14,157 record images (was 117,248 records with 7,800 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
Utah, Brigham City Family History Center, Obituary Collection, 1930-2015 (; 157,334 indexed records with 10,983 record images (was 136,618 records with 9,895 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
Utah, Salt Lake City Cemetery Records, 1847-1976 (; 265,771 indexed records with 70,504 record images (was 0 records with 70,504 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2020
American Samoa, Vital Records, 1850-1930 (; 24,860 indexed records with 72,070 record images (was 23,913 records with 70,869 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020
Iowa, Buchanan County Obituaries and Cemetery Records, ca.1796-1988 (; 218,275 indexed records with 42,886 record images (was 217,520 records with 42,756 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020

Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1710-1928 (; 194,414 indexed records with 23,845 record images (was 173,812 records with 21,436 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Deaths, 1863-1955 (; 104,904 indexed records with 66,575 record images (was 96,980 records with 58,662 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
New York State Census, 1905 (; 7,655,435 indexed records with 111,177 record images (was 7,655,435 records with 111,177 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 (; 30,047,345 indexed records with 46,885,453 record images (was 30,047,345 records with 46,885,453 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020
Alaska Naturalization Records, 1884-1991 (; 81,517 indexed records with 71,886 record images (was 4,822 records with 4,811 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2020

Peru, Piura, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 (; 40,096 indexed records with 39,993 record images (was 24,040 records with 23,973 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1514-1970 (; 1,927,411 indexed records with 4,263,289 record images (was 1,927,411 records with 4,263,289 images), UPDATED 06-Jun-2020
Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Holy Cross Cemetery, Interment Records, 1909-1979 (; 146,295 indexed records with 3,574 record images (was 146,156 records with 3,571 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2020
Canada, New Brunswick, County Register of Births, 1801-1920 (; 34,967 indexed records with 1,676 record images (was 30,336 records with 1,016 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
Georgia, Columbus, Linwood and Porterdale Colored Cemeteries, Interment Records, 1866-2000 (; 46,946 indexed records with 2,133 record images (was 46,905 records with 2,131 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020

South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 416,706 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 413,860 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
Mississippi, Death Certificate Index, 1912-1943 (; 689,030 indexed records with 6,621 record images (was 688,032 records with 6,614 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2020
United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011 (; 26,889,376 indexed records with 3,152,203 record images (was 25,007,203 records with 2,929,228 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020
South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966 (; 68,193 indexed records with 68,505 record images (was 58,224 records with 58,040 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996 (; 63,572 indexed records with 35,437 record images (was 63,477 records with 35,418 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977 (; Index only (12,643 records), no images (was 12,643 records with 0 images), UPDATED 10-Jun-2020
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 4,082,746 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 4,082,746 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 10-Jun-2020
California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records, 1899-2011 (; 87,154 indexed records with 32,338 record images (was 86,728 records with 32,338 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015 (; 1,340,892 indexed records with 373,775 record images (was 1,130,749 records with 373,775 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2020
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 61,092 indexed records with 26,499 record images (was 57,913 records with 25,280 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020

Pennsylvania Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880 (; 166,215 indexed records with 8,569 record images (was 166,106 records with 8,565 images), UPDATED 10-Jun-2020
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 61,987 indexed records with 69,400 record images (was 60,777 records with 55,200 images), UPDATED 10-Jun-2020
Nebraska, Lancaster County, Wyuka Cemetery Burial Permits, 1883-1999 (; 49,250 indexed records with 49,176 record images (was 49,171 records with 49,079 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 200,713 indexed records with 8,568 record images (was 196,279 records with 8,486 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 111,343 indexed records with 109,156 record images (was 107,949 records with 105,785 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020

Idaho, County Marriages, 1864-1950 (; 222,444 indexed records with 62,274 record images (was 209,964 records with 62,274 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950 (; 1,309,408 indexed records with 6,635,049 record images (was 1,251,486 records with 6,635,049 images), UPDATED 08-Jun-2020
California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994 (; 5,922,420 indexed records with 2,841,076 record images (was 5,896,889 records with 2,841,076 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
Louisiana, Orleans Parish Death Records and Certificates, 1835-1954 (; 563,934 indexed records with 256,112 record images (was 518,082 records with 233,349 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
Iowa, Old Age Tax Assistance Records, 1934-1958 (; Index only (926,024 records), no images (was 917,736 records with 0 images), UPDATED 08-Jun-2020

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,599 records), no images (was 875,610,597 records with 0 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020
Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988 (; Index only (6,655 records), no images (was 7,842 records with 0 images), UPDATED 10-Jun-2020
Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988 (; Index only (64,721 records), no images (was 64,721 records with 0 images), UPDATED 10-Jun-2020
Connecticut Marriages, 1640-1939 (; 4,578 indexed records with 6,906 record images (was 4,578 records with 6,906 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2020
Illinois, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1998 (; 1,088,351 indexed records with 144,834 record images (was 1,056,850 records with 144,834 images), UPDATED 05-Jun-2020

Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001 (; 4,986,748 indexed records with 4,581,756 record images (was 4,983,763 records with 4,581,756 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records, 1913-1922 (; 364,967 indexed records with 363,263 record images (was 329,989 records with 328,307 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
Idaho, Nez Perce County, Brower Wann Funeral Home Records, 1925-1986 (; 11,133 indexed records with 11,078 record images (was 7,819 records with 7,791 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018 (; 79,616 indexed records with 35,103 record images (was 73,465 records with 32,283 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
Iowa State Census, 1925 (; 2,487,917 indexed records with 327,118 record images (was 2,487,917 records with 327,118 images), UPDATED 10-Jun-2020

Liberia, Marriage Records, 1912-2015 (; 174,785 indexed records with 24,406 record images (was 173,118 records with 24,406 images), UPDATED 10-Jun-2020
California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 24,230 indexed records with 1,824 record images (was 23,410 records with 1,174 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
Micronesia, Civil Registration, 1883-1983 (; 1,742 indexed records with 1,741 record images (was 402 records with 401 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906 (; Index only (602,719 records), no images (was 602,719 records with 0 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020
Nova Scotia Deaths, 1864-1877 (; 68,077 indexed records with 27,717 record images (was 27,320 records with 27,717 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020

Ohio, Toledo, Historic Woodlawn Cemetery Index of Burials, 1877-1955 (; 69,518 indexed records with 23,986 record images (was 68,753 records with 23,775 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020
Arizona Deaths, 1870-1951 (; 278,814 indexed records with 264,534 record images (was 278,746 records with 264,534 images), UPDATED 10-Jun-2020
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 143,619 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 138,026 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965 (; 1,053 indexed records with 66 record images (was 232 records with 19 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020
Washington, Seattle, Passenger Lists, 1890-1957 (; 807,107 indexed records with 366,615 record images (was 709,727 records with 366,615 images), UPDATED 10-Jun-2020

Arizona Deaths and Burials, 1910-1911; 1933-1994 (; Index only (3,240 records), no images (was 3,240 records with 0 images), UPDATED 08-Jun-2020
Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001 (; 1,831,648 indexed records with 1,962,488 record images (was 1,831,648 records with 1,962,488 images), UPDATED 06-Jun-2020
Hawaii, Hawaiian Islands Newspaper Obituaries, 1900-ca.2010 (; 38,038 indexed records with 3,391 record images (was 26,768 records with 2,399 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
Peru, Ayacucho, Civil Registration, 1903-1999 (; 321,510 indexed records with 317,445 record images (was 303,538 records with 299,614 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
Minnesota, Waseca County Historical Society, Burial Cards, ca.1860-1992 (; 10,352 indexed records with 10,282 record images (was 10,344 records with 10,274 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2020

Texas, Eagle Pass Arrival Manifests and Indexes, 1905-1954 (; 256,318 indexed records with 135,227 record images (was 137,989 records with 135,227 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020
South Africa, Civil Marriage Records, 1840-1973 (; 451,244 indexed records with 383,180 record images (was 425,059 records with 357,082 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
North Carolina, Wilmington, Cemetery Records, 1852-2005 (; 26,797 indexed records with 1,135 record images (was 26,564 records with 1,127 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020
Michigan, Saginaw County, Biographical Card File, ca. 1830-2000 (; 1,941 indexed records with 13,070 record images (was 1,932 records with 13,054 images), UPDATED 08-Jun-2020
Minnesota, Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Layman Cemetery Burial Records, 1860-1926 (; 23,545 indexed records with 23,525 record images (was 23,445 records with 23,425 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020

Hawaii, Grantor and Grantee Index, 1845-1909 (; 429,814 indexed records with 18,670 record images (was 428,682 records with 21,481 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020
Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (; 6,263 indexed records with 506 record images (was 3,365 records with 322 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1888-1998 (; 728,679 indexed records with 708,628 record images (was 728,153 records with 708,628 images), UPDATED 11-Jun-2020
Niue, Vital Records, 1818-1994 (; 26,823 indexed records with 19,228 record images (was 24,548 records with 18,071 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020

--- Collections with new images ---

North Dakota, Red River Valley Genealogical Society, Pioneer Files, 1880-1953 (; 5,531 indexed records with 920 record images (was 5,531 records with 583 images), last updated 23-Apr-2020
Spain, Aragón, Electoral Censuses, 1890-1934 (; 4,972,408 indexed records with 53,004 record images (was 4,972,408 records with 43,835 images), last updated 04-Jun-2019
Iowa, Tama County, Tax Records, 1865-1939 (; 373,492 indexed records with 20,359 record images (was 373,492 records with 153 images), last updated 06-May-2020
Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965 (; 1,681,910 indexed records with 1,680,444 record images (was 1,681,910 records with 1,679,471 images), last updated 16-Jan-2020
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 (; 2,043,205 indexed records with 206,436 record images (was 2,043,205 records with 197,601 images), last updated 11-Sep-2019

Idaho, Bonneville County, Idaho Falls, Rose Hill Cemetery Records, 1800-2007 (; 14,513 indexed records with 14,152 record images (was 14,513 records with 98 images), last updated 09-Mar-2020
New Zealand, Cemetery Transcriptions, 1840-1981 (; 486,930 indexed records with 22,680 record images (was 486,930 records with 22,165 images), last updated 25-Apr-2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 2,874,113 indexed records with 109,603 record images (was 2,874,113 records with 118,705 images), last updated 22-May-2020
England, Rutland Parish Registers, 1538-1991 (; 326,083 indexed records with 29,067 record images (was 326,083 records with 29,237 images), last updated 26-Jan-2018
New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956 (; 4,749,222 indexed records with 84,796 record images (was 4,749,222 records with 84,805 images), last updated 20-Aug-2019
Find A Grave Index (; 185,000,820 indexed records with 185,000,820 record images (was 185,000,821 records with 185,000,821 images), last updated 19-Mar-2020
Arizona, Nogales, Index and Manifests of Alien Arrivals, 1905-1952 (; 502,795 indexed records with 494,971 record images (was 502,795 records with 495,070 images), last updated 21-Apr-2020

Hawaii, Death Records and Death Registers, 1841-1925 (; 123,257 indexed records with 61,609 record images (was 123,257 records with 62,725 images), last updated 12-Nov-2019
Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974 (; 1,875,674 indexed records with 1,374,035 record images (was 1,875,674 records with 1,852,486 images), last updated 03-Jun-2020
Virginia, Southern Claims Commission Approved Claims, 1871-1880 (; 5,537 indexed records with 52 record images (was 5,537 records with 5,143 images), last updated 05-May-2020
Australia, Victoria, Inward Passenger Lists, 1839-1923 (; 883,350 indexed records with 27 record images (was 883,350 records with 5,575 images), last updated 30-Jul-2019
South Africa, Natal, Passenger Lists, 1860-1911 (; 154,219 indexed records with 6,696 record images (was 154,219 records with 6,701 images), last updated 02-Apr-2020

South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950 (; 441,537 indexed records with 309,689 record images (was 441,537 records with 316,553 images), last updated 26-Dec-2019
Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1897-1952 (; 653,829 indexed records with 652,651 record images (was 653,829 records with 652,840 images), last updated 15-Apr-2020
United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (; 6,031,182 indexed records with 320,598 record images (was 6,031,182 records with 327,172 images), last updated 20-Feb-2020


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!

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 12, 2020

Genealogy News Bytes - Friday, 12 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.

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

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

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  View RootsTech 2020 Videos for FREE!

*  FREE! Family History Library Online Classes June 2020

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Your DNA questions answered live with Diahanby Diahan Southard

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 16 June, 5 p.m.: Genealogical Treasures in Irish Archives, by David Ouimette

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 17 June, 11 a.m.: Bridging the Gap: Finding Ancestors in the United States between 1780 and 1840, by D. Joshua Taylor

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Your DNA questions answered live with Diahanby Diahan Southard

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Using DNA to Answer Real Research Questions: Three Case Studies, by Gail Blankenau

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   MyHeritage's Photo Enhancer, by Geoff Rasmussen

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Find Records Faster with FamilySearch Clickable Maps, by Lisa Alzo

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Metadata for Digital Images, by Thomas MacEntee

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  The Photo Detective:  Episode 86: Every Thing Tells A Story

*  The Genealogy Guys:  Podcast #380

5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  American Ancestors:  First Steps in Family History

*  DearMYRTLE:  Mondays with Myrt 8 June 2020

6)  Genealogy Bargains:


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 12 June 2020

I received this information from Findmypast today:


New Scottish Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

Findmypast is home to the fastest-growing collection of Scottish family records online.

If you’ve got Scottish ancestors, you’ll want to see what’s new this Findmypast Friday. These latest record releases are only available online at Findmypast.

We’ve added almost 69,000 additional records to this collection, covering 11 parishes across Scotland. Baptism records can reveal excellent details for your family tree including:
  • Your ancestors' names
  • Their birth and baptism dates
  • Their parents’ names
  • Where they were baptised
The digitised images of the original records are incredible, in some cases giving you extra facts about your ancestors such as:
  • The names of their godparents or sponsors
  • Whether they were classed as legitimate or not. If the baptised child's parents were not married, the church listed them as illegitimate
  • Additional remarks about them – this may include notes highlighting if they were converted to or from another religion or when they were confirmed or married

Once you’ve found your ancestor’s baptism record, it’s time to find the next milestone event in their life. To help with this, we’ve added over 55,000 congregational records to our Scottish Roman Catholic collection. Congregational records include registers of confirmations and communion recipients, as well as parish lists, seat rentals, and lists of people who converted to Catholicism. The records can reveal even more details for your family tree including:
  • Your ancestors' names
  • The event date, year and event type
  • Where the event took place
Always check the digitised image of the record. It will usually provide additional facts about your ancestor such as the names of their confirmation sponsors or the location of their seat rental.

With over 27,000 new marriage records across 11 parishes, there's never been a better time to find out more about your Scottish Catholic ancestors. Who did they marry and where did they marry? Marriage records tell the stories, with revealing details like:
  • Your ancestors’ names
  • Their ages and birth years
  • Their spouses' names
  • Where and when they were married
  • Their fathers' names
Once again, the record images can reveal even more detail. By viewing the original record, you could uncover witness and priest names and where the couple lived. For all of this week's Catholic additions, check the parish list for details of the new parishes and time frames covered. You'll see them tagged as new on the list.

The Scottish Roman Catholic collection is rounded off with brand new burial records from eight parishes, nearly 9,000 of them. Burial records provide details on the final resting place of your ancestors including:
  • Their names
  • Their birth, death and burial dates
  • Their ages when they died
  • Their occupations
  • Where they were buried
All of the latest additions to our Scottish Roman Catholic parish record collection have been provided by the Catholic National Endowment Trust Charity No. SCO 16650 (known as The Bishops' Conference of Scotland) and form part of our ground-breaking Catholic Heritage Archive.

We've added over a million names to this collection in partnership with the British Library. As voting lists were compiled annually, you're likely to find your ancestor featured more than once. Your search could reveal:
  • Your relatives' names and addresses
  • A description of their property
  • Their occupations or ages (sometimes)
  • The names and addresses of their landlords
Published as searchable PDF documents, using keywords and wildcard searches can help you pinpoint the record you're looking for.

More than 59,000 records have been added to our cemetery index for Scotland. Cemetery records not only help you discover where and when your ancestor died, they can also provide you with important information on birth and marriage dates.

Our partnership with BillionGraves aims to save you time and money as you search for your family's gravesites. BillionGraves is the largest resource of its kind online, with over 12 million GPS-tagged headstone and burial records.

This week, we've added five brand new titles to our newspaper collection:
As well as those brand new editions, Cricket has been updated with pages from 1882-1913.


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